The Star (Nairobi)

7 June 2014

Kenya: Nakuru Traders Fees Snub Enters Third Day

TRADERS of Nakuru wholesale market yesterday boycotted to pay revenue to the county government for the third day in a row. Other traders joined in the boycott after anti-riot police officers were deployed in the market to provide security to revenue officers.

"Unlike the past two days where only suppliers of fresh produce appeared to be boycotting payment, other traders have joined us. We have vowed not to pay revenue to the county government until our demands are met," said the officials of the Nakuru Wholesale Market Traders Association. Chairman Daniel Kahuho said they will stay put until the county government moves in to correct the mess in the market.

The traders have accused the county government of failing to collect garbage and taking too long to complete a hawker's complex project initiated more than 4 years ago.

Biashara ward representative Stephen Kuria said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua should visit the market to assess the situation. He said dialogue with the traders will end the current standoff.

Police in anti-riot gear were patrolling the town and the main bus terminus where small-scale traders were recently evicted. Yesterday, Mbugua remained firm that efforts to restore the town's lost glory will not be deterred by a few individuals.

Meanwhile, Kuria and 30 traders who were arrested for allegedly breaking into the county government's depot on Wednesday morning were to appear in court yesterday.

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