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Maputo municipality will not compensate the approximately 300 vendors of the June 16 ‘Wakakana’ market who are to be removed from the Maputo-Katembe bridge north viaduct.
The removal of the Wakakana market stalls is necessary for the completion of the works on the Maputo-Katembe bridge.
The municipality says it is building stalls in another market, Malanga, so there is no reason for compensation, while vendors disagree and say they will continue to claim their rights. Last Saturday, they occupied Avenida 24 de Julho in protest of the removal or their stalls without payment of damages.
The sellers accused the municipality of Maputo of having sequestered the money intended as compensation and paid by the Maputo-South company to make way for the conclusion of the Maputo-Katembe Bridge viaduct.
City councillor Orlanda da Fonseca denies that the municipality received any money, and the municipality insists that it will not compensate anyone. All 302 vendors will be transferred in a phased manner.
Mayor David Simango yesterday met representatives of the vendors in an attempt to settle the dispute, but after more than two hours, the vendors were still unhappy.
Source: O País