JPM restores rights of petty traders at major bus terminal

25Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
JPM restores rights of petty traders at major bus terminal

OFFICIALS of Ubungo district and the Dar es Salaam City Council will be forced to go back to the drawing board and to come up with a plan to accommodate petty traders in the Mbezi Luis International Bus Terminal following President John Magufuli’s directive.

The modern facility launched yesterday by the president was built at a cost of 55bn/- and can host 700 buses and 80 small vehicles a day, by official blueprint. It will also have an outside parking capacity for 1,000 cars.

President Magufuli said at the launching of the facility that it has been constructed to serve the people and ordered that apart from the business people who were assigned stalls, petty traders and motorcycle riders have the right to conduct their activities there as well.

He then directed the responsible authorities to set space for parking for motorcycle riders waiting for passengers as well as women food vendors. They also have the right to conduct business in like manner as those operating hotels, the president declared.

“I have witnessed several times that after finalising such projects, vendors are usually harassed. This should not be the case in this facility; if soup will be sold in those hotels then even a woman selling Okra should also be accommodated the same to those selling juices and conducting small businesses,” he said.

The directive by the president came after authorities had already finalized the allocation of stalls in the facility which means they will have to go back to the drawing board to accommodate petty traders, include food vendors, motorcycle riders and hawkers.

 City director Sporah Rihana was quoted as saying business people who were supposed to own stalls in the facility were already vetted in collaboration with the National Identification Authority (NIDA) and the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

During the event, Dr Magufuli agreed to a proposal by the Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Selemani Jafo to name the facility after the president.

Jafo said the facility provided 600 job slots during construction and it is expected that about 10,000 people will be accommodated in its daily activities.

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