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Mitumba traders angered by rates

25 January 2013, 11:49 Kevin Wanjohi

Hundreds of irate Mitumba traders stormed Nyahururu Municipal Council offices on Thursday demanding to know why the body has changed rates without involving them.

They wanted the Town Clerk to tell them why the council has started collecting KES 100 per week from them on top of the usual monthly license fee of KES 1 500.

They complained that the municipal council askaris accompanied by Administration Police officers from Nyahururu district headquarters arrived at their stalls earlier in the day demanding for KES 100, something that took them by surprise because they had not been informed on the new move.

According to the traders, the wares of those who did not pay the money were confiscated and thrown carelessly into a waiting council vehicle and some of them forced to pay for their colleagues who had not earned anything since it was too early.

When the Town Clerk failed to show up, the traders matched to the Nyahururu district headquarters seeking audience with the District Commissioner Lucy Mulili.

Efforts to reach the Town Clerk was futile but they demanded that the issue be addressed immediately failure to which they would stage endless peaceful demonstrations “because this is an act of oppression”.

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