Kigali's attempts to clear street vendors has been labelled police harassment by those at the receiving end of it. The Rwandan capital's local authorities says hawkers must go into formal work or form registered cooperatives to keep the city tidy - and raise taxes. David Pollard reports
Tensions can run high security forces moving in Macquarie Gandhi's political street vendors who exit spoil its image of tightness. In the eyes defend those its police harassment. It. If I can no longer make a living doing this job and it will be the end of my family. I left the village because there was nothing to do and I'm not going to become a thief silicon earn a living. And for a sprawling metropolis of one point one million Kigali has a reputation for cleanliness and order. And plastic back here in the Rwandan capital then banned. Clearing defenders off the street and into rich to cooperatives were too formal work is needed say sixty authorities with an added plus. Taxes would be easy to connect. The cleanup continues at night patrols doing their rounds. We cannot compete with people who have still looks at the market because we do not have the money to buy stools at the market. We're asking the authorities is to supports us to puts us in one place and we can even pay tax is. We didn't mind doing that because when they come on takeoff products the way and be tough and we can't get to make a living and we Suffolk. Nobody knows how many vendors that Iran doe officials say there are 5000 to learn in just one of the city's three districts. Defenders say the government action is to communion and with the Rwandan spending on averaged just fourteen dollars and week. That they need to learn to survive.