19 December 2012

Tanzania: Dar RC Wants More Space for 'Machinga'

THE Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, has directed the city's municipalities to set aside areas where small-scale traders can operate their businesses.

Addressing the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) in the city, Mr Sadiki, said the official areas for the traders popularly known in Kiswahili as 'machinga' would facilitate the city to expand its scope of revenue collection.

"I direct leaders from all municipalities (Temeke, Ilala and Temeke) to ensure small scale traders stop conducting their activities near the roads," said Mr Sadiki, who is also the RCC Chairman. He said by-laws should be applied to curb traffic jams for those conducting business along the service roads, adding that traffic police should stop those parking their lorries along the service roads.

Mr Sadiki reminded the municipalities to carry out survey to establish the number of city residents living in the valleys and that the municipalities should introduce a programme to evacuate them to safe area.

"The municipalities should not allow any development of residential houses construction in the valleys," he stated. He said all municipals should speed up implementing different projects introduced during the 2012/13 financial year, saying until the quarter of the financial year (July- September) there was no good development in the project implementation.

The RCC meeting was convened to discuss reports on the implementation of various projects which are being carried out during the 2012/13 financial year whereby members had opportunity to evaluate the projects.

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