Fruits and vegetable vendors operating in different sectors of Nyabihu district have been asked to vacate the streets in a bid to stop exposing consumers to health risks.
Angela Mukaminani, vice mayor for economic development in Nyabihu district said that vendors work in an informal economy manner in unregulated and unprotected environment that is not conducive to business and unhealthy of both consumers and sellers.
“The move is aimed to end chaos and make sure such traders operate in an organized manner and also this will improve cleanliness.
She added that on top of improving cleanliness, the markets would help to formalize business, a move he said, is good for both consumers and vendors.
Mukaminani also mentioned that the district does not want to see vendors on the streets. “We want them to work in smart places.” she said.
She added this is because operating alongside roads is illegal and exposes consumers to health risks since such places are not hygienic enough.
In a bid to address the issue, the district constructed selling points for fruits and vegetables in Jomba, Jenda, Rurembo and Kabashuma sector. Other two selling points are still construction.