Kongowea vendors protest increased levy on goods
21 January 2014, 14:04
Kongowea - Vendors at Kongowea market in Mombasa County protested over increased rates on goods imposed by the county's administration.
They blamed the county's cabinet secretary for trade Mohammmed Abdi for hiking the the rates without consulting with the stakeholders.
Kongowea wholesale market Chair-lady, Asha Khamisi said they were not consulted as claimed by the officials from the county government.
“We only had a meeting once in September with the county government since then we have not had any further talks, what the cabinet secretary is claiming that he held a meeting with the stakeholders is not true,” said Khamis.
The vendors want the county government to uphold their new demands and solve the issue at hand and stop the threats to close down their businesses.
Security operations manager at Kongowea market Peter Yaya, said the county government had added the rates by 400% without giving them a notice and consulting the stakeholders.
“The rates have been hiked now a 25kg sack of tomato which was going from 20 shillings is now charged at 100 , a sack of potatoes from 80 to 200 shillings these rate are high and we cannot meet their Friday notice,” said Yaya.
The directive was reached by the vendors after a demonstration by hawkers and small business operators operating within the Mombasa county CBD who were objecting the demolition of their business stands and kiosks by the county government Askaris.
The vendors have faulted the county government for forcefully evicting them at the premises without giving them a clear notice of eviction and failing to provide them with an alternative destination to sell their goods.
The vendors also claim they had reached an agreement in 2012 with the then municipal council to see an increment of 30% but the decision was never implemented to date.
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