The Bush Bazaar, a market in Kabul city, that was renamed "Mujahideen Bazaar" by Islamic Emirate officials, is losing shopkeepers due to a spike in the price of rent.
Shopkeepers said the Kabul municipality put lease up for auction, and the organization that won the auction now demands 10,000 Afs per month from each shop, so venders are obliged to close their businesses.
"We built this market and made it grow, people invested here with their own money and now Kabul Municipality gave it to a trader," said Abdul Noor, deputy head of Mujahideen market.
Meanwhile, Kabul Municipality said that the land is in the hands of an organization. In order to increase the income, the market was put up for auction, and as a result the land has gone to an organization for 27 million Afghanis per year.
"Kabul Municipality has the right to use its property to provide services...," said Nemat Ullah Barakzai.
Mujahadeen bazaar had 4,000 shops but over the past two years the number dropped to 3,500, even before the recent change in management.
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