Tent removal disappoints market vendors

Unhappy market vendors in Labasa after their tents were removed on Monday morning. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

MARKET vendors in Labasa have raised concerns about an incident that happened this week which left their products and belongings exposed to possible theft and wet weather.

The vendors, who sell from tents, arrived at the market on Monday morning to find their products in such a manner.

Lusiana Diva, a vendor, said the tents were removed and they could not sell anything on Monday.

“We came this morning (Monday) and found our vegetables, crops and belongings just left outside where people can easily walk away with it.

“This is our only source of income and we are disappointed that the Labasa Town Council continues to do this to us,” she claimed.

“The vendors lost income as a result of the incident and a few of us have been affected.

“This is not the first time it has happened to us. We have gone through this situation before and this time we wanted to put it in The Fiji Times so higher authorities will know,” Ms Diva said.

“Yet in the new market extension, there were tents left unused, why couldn’t they take that to use.

“Instead they took the tents we use every day which we pay for every day and didn’t even care about our things.

“Our families depend on this income and with Christmas approaching, this was not a good thing to do to us.”

Questions sent on Monday to the acting chief executive officer of Labasa Town Council, Faiyaz Ali, and special administrator Vijay Chand remained unanswered.

Questions were resent on Tuesday and also remained unanswered when this story went to press last night.

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