Febuary 1, 2012 By Jean Pierre Bucyensenge, The New Times
It is around mid-day and the sun is too hot. In Nyanza market, set up in an open space on Rwesero hill, traders in their stalls wait for buyers with a number of them sitting under uncovered stands, drenched in sweat.
A few customers come in and out; some with wares, others not. Some traders sit holding their cheeks, having lost any hope of getting any clients.
“This place is far from the town centre, which means that buyers are very few as there are other shopping centres in town”, laments Eric Bahati, a trader.
“I hardly earn Rwf 15,000 a day yet I used to get about Rwf 100,000 when the market was still located in the city centre”.
In late 2010, authorities in Nyanza District chose to relocate the market from the city centre to Rwesero hill about four kilometres away from the original site.
They promised that the market would be completed within six months, however, almost 15 months later, it is gradually becoming a flight of fancy.
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