22 August 2011

Kenya: Weighbridge Takes Toll On Laikipia Trade

Business in Laikipia North has been adversely affected by a weighbridge recently installed along the Nanyuki- Dol Dol road.

Most of the residents depend on livestock trade and sand harvesting but transporters have now opted to keep off the road to avoid heavy fines imposed on offenders. The weighbridge was introduced a week ago by the Kenya National Highway Authority to ensure transporters stick to the recommended axle weight.

But the move has virtually brought all major economic activities to a halt. According to Makurian Ward councilor Francis ole Nasipa, sand harvesters have left the area. "Nothing is happening in Laikipia North currently. There are no transporters to ferry our livestock to the market and there is no one coming to buy our sand," said the civic leader yesterday. He added that if the government does not act immediately and rescind its decision, people area likely to be affected by hunger and even education since part of the money collected from sand buyers goes towards supporting students through bursaries.

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