MOGADISHU — Somalia’s Banadir State government on Tuesday unveiled plans to renovate one of East Africa’s largest open air markets after two decades of closure.
Mohamed Yusuf Osman, Spokesman of Banadir government, told local media in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, that plans to rebuild the Hamarweyne Market were well underway.
Mr. Osman further revealed that a lottery for the allotment of some thousands of plots has been postponed until the 25th of this month. He urged applications to bring their documents with them on next Thursday when the lottery will be drawn in City Plaza Hotel. He blamed the delay on technical issues but promised to resolve it.
All applications are believed to have deposited undisclosed amount of money in the prime location.
The market was constructed by Somalia’s last central government under General Mohamed Siad Barre in 1981 and was one of the largest open air markets in East Africa.
Once reopened the market will be able to supply goods to as far as landlocked Burundi and Rwanda.