By ANNE ROBI, 8th December 2010 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 116 THE Association of Petty Traders in Dar es Salaam Region has issued a 10 -day ultimatum to petty traders who have not occupied their stalls at the Machinga Complex in Ilala Dar es Salaam. Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the secretary of the Association, Mr Hemed Panzi said that failure to honour the ultimatum, the stalls will be given to other people in need. We are officially issuing a ten day ultimatum to petty traders who have not yet occupied their stalls to do so before the end of this month or else the stalls will be given to other people in need, he said. Mr Panzi said that most of the pretty traders had taken too long to occupy their places and thus creating more challenges especially in tax collection at the Machinga Complex. I know the majority of the traders resist to occupy their spaces because there were no customers and this may bring a big challenge to us to continue using the complex, he noted. Meanwhile, Mr Panzi has called upon the City Council to promote and advertise the Machinga Complex in various media outlets and areas so that customers would visit it. He said that the Machinga Complex was not known by the majority of Tanzanians and should be promoted widely to attract customers. There is need for the government to promote the Machinga Complex and let the people know about it. Most of the petty traders have failed or had run away due to lack of customers, said the chairman of the association, Mr Peter Gwikama. Mr Gwikama also asked the government to set up a bus stand near the Machinga Complex to ease the transport problem facing customers who wish to visit the complex. He also said that the City Council should consider reducing the rental fees charged per stall. We pay high fee per stall and this might be one of the reasons as to why some Machingas do not occupy the stalls, he added.