A new market to help vendors get off the streets launched last weekend on 3rd September 2016 in Kigali, has set the tone to promote security, welfare of the people and fast-track national development, according to the Rwandan government.
In May, the government announced it would eject street vendors from Kigali in a bid to eliminate street vending – a hallmark of sprawling African cities – to make the city “cleaner”.
Vendors opposed the plan saying it would deny them income but the government asked them to form registered co-operatives or find formal work. However, on 3 September, the city of Kigali launched a new modern market that will accommodate an estimated 3,200 former street vendors in Nyabugogo, Nyarugenge District.
During the market’s inauguration, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Diane Gashumba, said the occupants of the Rwf192m would be mostly women. All traders are exempted from paying taxes and rent on the stalls for a whole year
“This market comes as a solution to security issues that were caused or likely to be caused by street hawking like public disorder,” Gashumba said.
The market was built by the city of Kigali in tandem with other stakeholders including government ministries, security organs and the private sector.
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