The remarks were aired on Thursday in Dar es Salaam by the Ilala Municipal Director, Mr Gabriel Fuime in an interview with the 'Daily News' over measures taken to arrest the looming situation of petty traders in all corners of the city.
“All the municipals of Ilala, Temeke and Kinondoni need to team up their efforts and put in place strategies which could help in finding lasting solution to remove petty businesses from the streets if the city is to remain clean,” he said.
He said that petty traders from the three municipal councils move freely from one area to another looking for opportunities to generate income.“So, the three municipal councils need to chart out strategies to arrest the situation”, he said.
Having put in place the common development strategies, he said, the councils would easily access loans to boost their businesses. “Budget constraint is one of the factors hindering expansion and construction of the Dar es Salaam markets thus calling for new sources of finance”.
He said the annual budget allocated for the construction and upgrading of the present structures has been insufficient. For example, he said, the Ilala Municipal Council sets aside between 300m/- and 400/- in each fiscal year to upgrade its markets.
He said the council plans to look for more sources of funding by working closely with local investors such as the pension funds, commercial banks, insurance companies and individual investors.Currently, he said it is estimated that between 40,000 and 50,000 traders undertake various businesses in various markets belonging to the Ilala Municipal council.
“With substantial investments to modernize the markets, the number of traders would definitely increase as well,” he said.Mr Fuime said there were ongoing negotiations between the city council and some development partners to provide funds to upgrade Buguruni market.
“There are also plans to look for partners to upgrade other markets like Ilala, Kisutu and Ferry fish market.