Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that her government will construct a modern market for petty traders at Jangwani area in the country’s business capital, Dar es Salaam.

“Plans were also underway to construct a modern market for petty traders at Jangwani area, in the city,” the Head of State said this in Dar es, Salaam Thursday shortly after arriving from Glasgow, Scotland where she had attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

She further said: “We have secured the funds for constructing a modern market at Kariakoo area, to replace the one that was destroyed by fire a few months ago, also another market will be built at Jangwani area.”

“We are going to use the same design, to construct two structures at the same place. I want to see the construction work at Kariakoo start immediately,” she added.

For refurbishing the popular Kariakoo Market ravaged by inferno four months ago, the government will spend 34bn.

“Upon completion, the refurbished state-of-the-art structure will accommodate 2,500 traders,” she said.

The president, therefore, instructed the Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Mwigulu Nchemba and the State Minister, President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Ummy Mwalimu to ensure the construction begins immediately.

The fire at Kariakoo Market left hundreds of stores burnt down to ashes, destroying property worth billions of shillings.

President Samia also maintained that the government’s move to relocate petty traders was done with a good intention of giving the city a good image and that all the hawkers will be allocated to other convenient places for them to do business.

She also commended hawkers for their cooperation during the ongoing relocation exercise, assuring that the government is working to create a conducive environment for the petty traders to continue doing business in designated areas.

Speaking of the Coco Beach area, Samia said the government will construct stalls to accommodate 300 business people

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