Tanzania’s Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi on Saturday evening laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new modern market at Mwanakwerekwe area on Unguja Island.
Speaking after the ceremony, Mwinyi said his administration planned to construct a series of modern markets that would support women and youth to sell their produce and alleviate poverty amongst them.
“Our dream to have modern markets will soon become a reality,” he said ahead of the climax of the 60th anniversary of the Zanzibar revolution which falls on Jan. 12.
Mwinyi said the Mwanakwerekwe market will be one of the state-of-the-art markets on the Indian Ocean Islands, and urged people, particularly women, and youth, to make the best use of the new structure when it comes into operation in March this year.
Zanzibar’s Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Regional Administration, Local Government, and Special Department Issa Mahfoudh Haji said the new market covering 33,984 square meters will accommodate 5,000 traders.