Rwanda vendors risk life and limb

rwanda-vendorsFrom PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, (CAJ News) – THE recent killing of a street vendor by a part time auxiliary force of the Rwandan army has highlighted ordeals hawkers experience at the hands of authorities wanting them off the streets.

Recently, members of the Inkeragutaba, the army support staff, tried to seize Théodosie Mahoro’s goods in Nyabugogo bus station in Kigali. She died from their beatings.

Three men have been tried and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Rights organisations said Mahoro’s death illustrated the precarious security for street vendors and the lack of trust between them and the police.

Rwandan authorities, including the Mayor of Kigali and the police inspector general, have repeatedly said they want vendors off the streets, claiming they are a threat to cleanliness and security.

Authorities have locked up hundreds of street vendors illegally, in filthy and overcrowded buildings.

Running battles have continued despite government adopting several measures to encourage vendors to leave the streets, such as the opening a new market at Nyabugogo station.

Some vendors have resisted the move and returned to the streets saying trading in stalls was less profitable. Kigali prides itself as teh cleanest city in Africa. Plastic bags are banned.
– CAJ News

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