23 April 2014

Tanzania: RC Orders Shifting of Moshi Second-Hand Clothes Market

Moshi — THE famous second-hand clothes market situated at St George Memorial Stadium here is to be shifted to another place.

Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Leonidas Gama, said here on Monday that he had already directed Moshi Municipal Council to find a suitable place for the traders.

He cautioned, however, that the traders who were moved to the unused ground from another famous Kiboriloni market should not move back to the place.

"I have already notified the mayor (Jaffary Michael) and the municipal authorities to look for another place for the traders so the ground can be used for the purpose it was constructed for.

"We cannot relocate them to Kiboriloni under any circumstance because the place is now very peaceful. So, they will have to find another place," said the RC, who had hosted Kilimanjaro-based journalists to a dinner at his residence.

Moshi Urban legislator, Mr Philemon Ndesamburo, had since 2010 pledged that his party would see to it that the market reverted to Kiboriloni.

The ground has never been used for sports, instead it was turned into a business centre at which, apart from the sale of second-hand clothes, there are other businesses such as bars, shops and even some religious gatherings.

It was the ground at which Pope John Paul II presided over a holy Mass when he visited Kilimanjaro way back in 1990. He is now deceased and due to be canonized this month.

It is always a very busy place, with vehicles of various capacities moving in and out bringing in second-hand clothes in huge bundles.

However, it was initially constructed to be used for various games, including soccer, netball, judo, karate and handball.

The clothes stalls in the market are made of wood, with clothes hanging almost everywhere so that one has to duck or walk through the clothes to get past the stalls.

Some clothes are dumped into piles on tarpaulins so that prospective customers have to crouch down to sort through the wares.

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