Monday, 16 August 2010

Mwanza uses force to evict petty traders

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Gerald Lumanyika, Mwanza

The Mwanza City Council has resorted to using the police force including FFU to clear petty traders from the streets.

According to the city director, Mr Wilson Kabwe, the council had resorted to use extra force because its auxiliary police (city askaris) have failed to remove petty traders from the city centre.

“For many years the city had been using its auxiliary police to chase out petty traders from doing business at unauthorised areas, but they kept on coming back,” he said.

He told the Citizen in his office on Friday that the traders are responsible for more than 70 per cent of garbage that litter the city and his council can no longer tolerate them.

The Citizen reporter saw Land Rovers carrying armed FFU personnel, ordinary police officers and city askaris, rounding up petty traders, including women selling fish on the streets near the main market at the weekend.

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