Windhoek CBD vendors stage demonstration

19 Oct 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) – Nearly 50 female street vendors operating in Windhoek’s Central Business District (CBD) on Friday staged a peaceful demonstration at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) offices, expressing frustration over alleged mistreatment by the City Police.
A petition addressed to the Office of the President through the MGECW said they are being terrorised by City Police officers through the confiscation of their goods and sometimes imprisonment.
Group spokesperson, Fernanda Edward read the petition before its hand over and said vendors have vowed not to operate businesses at the allocated Windhoek Flea Market at Wernhil Park Shopping Centre by the City Police due to lack of customers.
“Our clients are here where they do not want us to sell. We are just mothers trying to earn and feed our children,” said Edward.
She noted that the majority of them have fines of up to N.dollars 17 000 and some are jailed on a daily basis for failure to pay the fines.
“We are being harassed and insulted by the City Police. Many of us know the experience of going to jail and when we are jailed our children are left alone starving at home,” Edward explained.
She noted that the group is requesting President Hage Geingob to intervene in the matter in the interest of uplifting women empowerment.
The group also asked the President to request that City Police withdraw their fines.
They have given the Office of the President until 14 November to act on the matter, vowing to hold another demonstration if the matter is not addressed.
The petition was received by MGECW Acting Permanent Secretary, Victor Shipoh.