Zanzibar — FIRST Vice-President,Mr Seif Sharrif Hamad, walked through the main markets in the municipality for over three hours and talked to the people, as he expressed disappointment with the level of hygiene at the market.
"You must be serious in keeping the markets and its surroundings clean," he told officers from the municipal council and district councils, who accompanied him to inspect the market areas.
Mr Hamad's short tour was also to learn about the price of commodities during this month of Ramadhan when, traditionally, prices hike due to high demand and greediness of some traders.
Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar when all adult Muslims are supposed to fast, one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadhan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims.
Despite filthiness and rising prices, the vice- president was impressed with the bulky food stuffs including vegetables, cereals and fruits, but fish was scarce.
The people and traders at the markets extended their heartiest welcome to him and aired their problems. Hamad took many petty traders in the markets by surprise when he instantly stopped in and asked the prices of goods.
The people were overwhelmed as he went into various shops and talked to the shopkeepers. Some traders complained about unfavourable environment for business, asking the government to help improve business environment including providing cleaning facilities to the municipal council officers, to avoid unnecessary tax in the market.
Mr Seif visited Mombasa- Zanzibar, Mwanakwerekwe, Darajani and Saateni areas in the municipality, before also visiting orphans at the Muzdalifat orphanage home, Amani area, Unguja Islands.