IN a grand move to address a situation of petty traders mushrooming into prime areas for business in the city councils and various municipalities across the country, the government has set aside 5bn/- that would be used to construct for them stalls.
Addressing a press conference in Dodoma on Tuesday, Minister of State, President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (POLARG) Ummy Mwalimu, said regional commissioners in six cities have until October 20th this year to submit their proposals.
The budget is for Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Mbeya and Dodoma city councils, while a list of municipals are Morogoro (Morogoro region), Ubungo, Temeke and Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam region.
“I’m instructing regional commissioners on the highlighted areas to submit their action plans by 20th October this year, priority will be given to the best proposal,” said the minister, warning that the money should be spent on the intended purpose.
Elaborating, she noted that the money will be disbursed to councils, which present implementable plans with proper strategy on how to permanently address chaos of hawkers in the streets.
According to her, the councils which will receive the money must construct modern stalls and provide basic facilities such as electricity, water and toilet service.
“The money should be spent on the intended purpose; we want to see tangible results from the initiative that the government has introduced,” said the minister.
Ms Mwalimu’s statement was part of the directives of Pres- ident Samia Suluhu Hassan for local government authorities to reorganize petty traders across the country, without using any element of force.
In her directive, the Head of State urged the petty traders to observe governing rules and regulations and as well heed regulations issued by Regional and District authorities.
In the wake, some some city and municipal councils have al- ready started relocating hawkers to their designated areas. In Dar es Salaam, the Regional Commissioner Amos Makalla said the region is relo- cating hawkers, who have placed their wares on the walkways and road reserves.
In September this year, the Office of Dar es Salaam Region- al Commissioner launched an action plan of relocating petty traders into the designated areas, for the sake of freeing the walkways.
He said that their activities block walkways and road re- serves and in turn lead to chaos and unnecessary human jams to pedestrians and in some cases lead to accidents in the region.
On his part, Arusha City Ex- ecutive Director Dr John Pima said recently during a council meeting that hawkwers will be relocated to NMC Samunge, a plot near Kilombero Bus Stand, Machame Luxury, Plot 68 Kilombero, Kwa Mrombo and at the Ulezi Grounds in Florida, adding that it will only involve those who have petty trader’s identity cards.