Vendors at the national stadium are irate to the point of calling on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell to intervene.
They say the treatment from government feels inhumane and that their livelihood is threatened.
With no prior notice or dialogue, tents are being ripped down from over vendors goods, exposing them to theft and the elements. The demolition according to them started on Sunday.
Vendors say they have been in compliance with the authority’s orders since their relocation, but this kind of action by the ministry of agriculture is unacceptable.
Almost in tears, Dorothy Sylvester a vendor for the past thirty-eight years expressed her annoyance. She said it’s already a daily challenge to earn an income since being moved to that location last June\July.
Some vendors items turned up missing while others say their goods were left to wither. Genelle Issac is one of those calling for compensation.
With this kind of treatment, vendors are threatening to go back to vending on the sidewalk.
GBN asked workmen on the site about the removal of the tents and they say they are acting based on instructions they received from their superiors
The vegetable vendors were moved to the Kirani James athletic stadium location to facilitate works being undertaken at the St. Georges Market Square.
Two phases of the project were complete with work currently ongoing on the third phase. Vendors are expecting to return in a much more comfortable environment by April this year.
GBN contacted the ministry of infrastructure and was informed that a new arrangement for tents, tables, and chairs will be put in place for the vendors by Tuesday, January 19th.