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Eighty-six thousand people are estimated to be engaged in informal trading in Maputo, much of it in a disorderly manner. Now, Maputo City Council intends taking the matter in hand, and is to bring together various stakeholders to generate ideas for regulating the sector.
Maputo mayor Eneas Comiche was meanwhile confronted on Saturday (11 May) by informal vendors complaining of poor treatment by the municipal police, and complaining of lack of stall space in the official markets.
The meeting aimed at publicising the capital’s municipal development plan came in fact to be dominated by complaints from vendors who are being removed from the Praça dos Combatentes.
The group demands the construction of markets in strategic and visible locations, with the capacity to accommodate more vendors.
In response, Mayor Comiche reiterated the city’s commitment to regulating informal commerce, but acknowledged the need to improve infrastructure at several markets, and promised that a wider public debate on informal trade would be held.
This is not the first time that the municipality of Maputo has tried to remove informal traders from the capital’s main thoroughfares.Source: TVM / O País
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