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Namibia: Informal traders asked to vacate

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The Windhoek municipality has requested illegal arts and craft vendors operating from Independence Avenue in Windhoek to move.

The spokesperson of the municipality, Lydia Amutenya, denied claims that all the vendors operating between the Hilton Hotel and the new First National Bank (FNB) head office would be removed from the premises.

“From time to time, we find traders not registered with the City of Windhoek operating at the site. This is usually the group of traders that we request to move,” she explained.

She added that the unregistered vendors being asked to move, failed to pay their rental fees to the municipality.

“There are also other traders who have defaulted on their rental payments, and whose contracts were cancelled as a result,” she added.

Amutenya said a provision would be made for the registered traders in the area.

“Provision has been made for the registered traders to be accommodated at the open space in front of the FNB building, where concrete furniture (tables and benches) have been provided for them.”

But the move has been delayed due to lack of space.

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