Tanzania: MP praises JPM on ‘hands-off hawkers’ order

Mr Michael who comes from Chadema party, said the move was in good faith and would make the economy to grow since the hawkers also play a great role in strengthening the market.

Speaking at a public meeting over the weekend at Moshi Postal Office Grounds, the MP said the order would reduce unemployment amongst they youth, and idleness which lead to various crimes in their midst.

He said in many countries in the world, many people start as hawkers and then turn into small entrepreneurs and finally become big business owners and that chain makes the economy to grow.

“However, the president’s order has come a bit late, when many hawkers have suffered and been humiliated in many areas … their economic statuses have weakened their families and general income,” he pointed out.

He called upon the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Moshi Municipality District Commissioner, and District Executive Director (DED) to also set friendly environment for their hawkers to conduct business, without being disturbed and cause interferences to motorists on their main roads.

Mr Michael said the council will collaborate with the hawkers to sort out their problems, and continue to search for friendly sites each day where their businesses could grow.

He proposed that in efforts clean the city and keep it clean, the hawkers should be given priority alongside issuing them with dustbins in their working areas.

Meanwhile, Moshi Mayor Mr Raymond Mboya has sent pleas to President John Magufuli and the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investemnt Mr Charles Mwijage to give them permission to build Ngangamfumuni Bus Stand to the international standard to pave way for Moshi to grow according to its residents’ wish.

“ We wish to have an international bus terminal here and eradicate poverty in the town, besides increasing the council’s source of income,” he pointed out.

Mr Mboya said that although the minister had before agreed to issue the permit once it is satisfied with their performance, the municipality was losing a lot while still waiting.

“The minister should not worry as the council has entered into a contract with Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB). They will collect taxes for 15 years, and after that, the bus stage will be under the municipal council authority,” he clarified.

©Alleastafrica and Daily News

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