Hawkers will not be tolerated on the streets of the capital anymore, announced Minister of Local Government, Anwar Husnoo.
The street-shopping culture of Mauritius might soon be a thing of the past. The authorities will not compromise over their decision of banning all hawkers from Port-Louis.
The relocation of some of the pedlars to other roads and to two sites – a decision made yesterday, December 21 – is only temporary, says minister Husnoo. No hawker will be tolerated after the end-of-year festivities. Meanwhile, those operating at Magon street were redirected to Decaen street while those from John Kennedy street were moved to Trou-Fanfaron and other roads. Those at Farquar street are still there.
Minister Husnoo explains that he was ultimately led to the decision of banning them because of a lack of cooperation from the hawkers; he had initially proposed for them to operate permanently at Decaen street and at Trou-Fanfaron instead of preventing them from operating at all, but they had refused.
On the other hand, the hawkers themselves do not seem to be complacent. Yesterday, when their relocation was to take place, many of them showed their disapproval: they had attached their tents to one of the foot of the statue of Mahé de Labourdonnais, at Place d’Armes. Police officers had had to intervene.