Thursday, 21 August 2014

Deadlock paralyses Mwanza City, consumers stranded

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By Correspondent

Activities in the Central Business District of Mwanza came to a grinding halt yesterday barely a day after this paper published a story about intent by the city traders to close their shop indefinitely.
Mwanza is the biggest market among the Lake zone regions and also serves as a major trade hub for neighboring countries but the strike, protesting tax imposition and alleged harassment by city authorities has brought business there to an absolute standstill leaving consumers stranded.
The affected areas are Lumumba, Lwagasore, Pamba , Kenyatta roads, Makoroboi, Nyerere road, Liberty and the central market.
Commenting, a trader, one Mukeshi Vunja said they are tired of being harassed by city militia who vandalize their stores, intimidate the owners and illegally confiscate goods in the pretext of enforcing taxation laws and licensing orders.
Vunja said that sometimes the city militia confiscate even their customers’ goods and force them made to pay huge fines to recover them.
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Read also: 'Mwanza traders close shop indefinitely protesting taxes' here

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