9 July 2014

Kenya: Business, Transport Resume in Kisumu

BUSINESS and transport operations in Kisumu normalised yesterday after the Saba Saba rally held on Monday. A spot check on the streets and bus park showed most shops and matatus were operating as usual.

The residents went to work as early as 6am unlike the deserted streets experienced on Monday. Most shops on the Oginga Odinga, Obote Road and Kenyatta highways were closed on Saba Saba day for fear of being looted.

Jane Awour, a trader at Obote Road, said most traders were afraid the Saba Saba chaos would turn out like the 2007-08 post-election violence.

National bank, KCB, Commercial Bank of Africa and Central Bank of Kenya and government offices were opened but with tight security.

At Kisumu county offices no staff reported to work after Governor Jack Ranguma declared Saba Saba a public holiday. Most bookshops, uniforms oulets, hardware stores, boutiques, electronics shops and food joints in the CBD were closed.

Some of the supermarkets that were operating were Nakumatt, Ukwala and Tuskys. Tumaini and Pramukh retail shops in Kondele were closed.

There was also heavy presence of police officers drawn from General Service Unit, Administration Police, Regular police and Riot departments.

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