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Election related issues halt business at Coast

07 March 2013, 17:00 Rodgers Buluma

The insecurity incident hours before the election day that is claimed to have been caused by the secessionist group, Mombasa Republican Council, has led to a tragic standstill of the economy at the ocean side town.

The incident that left four senior police officers dead among them the Changamwe Police boss Otieno Owour, OCS Salim Chebii, inspectors Charles Maitha and Edward Songwa occurred after an attack at Miritini polling station.

Shops and any other business stalls have ever since remained closed with fears of possible attacks from the MRC group making livfe in the town hard.

Despite the assurance of security through deployment of soldiers from the Mariakani barracks to boost the security force in Mombasa, no business owner is willing to take more risks by letting their business run normally.

This has led to an upshot of prices of commodities with some traders tripling the prices and thus making it hard for people living below a dollar per day to survive.

Delay of the presidential results has added to the tension in the region causing an abnormal rise in the living standards of the residents in this region of the country.

Streets have remained deserted with the least movements being experienced as people continue living in fear.

The rising tension has seen most operations come to a standstill with only two ferries being used to serve an area where five ferries are never enough under normal circumstances.

Police having been deployed in the hot spots of the Mombasa County with a "shoot on spot" order for anyone disrupting peace.

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