Kinondoni is one among five Dar es Salaam City’s Municipal Councils, is planning to construct a 9 billion/- TZS, a modern market at Magomeni. It will be constructed at the site of the current market, which was built in 1954 and is one of the oldest in Dar es Salaam.
Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and local Governments, Mr. Selemani Jafo, told traders in the market yesterday that the funds were part of the package President John MAgufuli was disbursing for supporting several projects in the region.
“This market is situated in a strategic area, where we felt it appropriate to construct something modern and decent for the benefit of both the traders and the government,” he said.
Mr. Jafo said the government had already disbursed 3 billion/- TZS, for construction of the envisaged six storey building to commence in June this year.
He further said that Dar es Salaam Region had received 250 billion from the central government to support more 22 projects, including seven bus terminals and seven public markets, including the Magomeni market.
The Minister said it was crucial for Kinondoni Municipality to make sure that after completion of the project, priority in the allocation of units would be traders who had been operating there for a long period.
Earlier, the Kinondoni Municipal Council Trade Officer, Mr. Zahoro Hanuna, said the market was built in 1954 with a capacity for accommodating 17 traders. But now, he explained the figure had shot to but 669, who cannot be conveniently accommodated by the present infrastructure.
“The Municipality had initially intended to construct the market in phases for which 1 billion/- TZS, had been set aside, that but with the current amount, the speed will be faster,” he explained further.
Mr. Hanuna said current the market collects 1 million/- TZS, in the levy that was not even enough to support renovation after completion of the modern market more than 1 billion/- TZS, will be collected monthly.