New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Compulsory Registration for All Rundu Street Vendors

Rundu — The Rundu Town Council says all street vendors should be registered in order to continue trading next year and the exercise is compulsory.

"We want to specifically know how many street vendors we have, who they are and where they originate from. This information will be used to accommodate them in the existing open markets around the town. However, if the number is too high the council will build a new market," said deputy mayor of Rundu, Bonny Kahare.

Rundu currently has two types of vendors, those that sell throughout the year and those who sell fresh produce on a seasonal basis. Since the seasonal vendors are not accommodated in the open market, the council determine special times in the year to accommodate them.

"A clean city attracts investors. By accommodating the vendors in the markets we will also be enhancing safety around the town, because there have been reports of tourists losing their valuables. It becomes difficult for the police to identify the culprits, because the town is too congested. We are not saying people should not do business, all we want is order," said Kahare.

The town council will enlist the assistance of the police and officials from the immigration department during the registration process. Earlier this year, more than 500 street vendors were banned from selling on the streets and evicted by the police following instructions from the Rundu Town Council. The eviction sparked outrage around the town, as the vendors took to the streets to protest and denounce the move.

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