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Nyeri market almost closing down due to rains

23 April 2013, 17:40 Wangui Joseph

Kamukunji open air market in Nyeri is heading to a close due to its dilapidated state caused by the heavy rains that have been pounding the area.

The traders are complaining the place is so muddy that customers are shying away.

According to the market’s vice chairman Francis Nderitu, the market is poorly roofed and the floor is not cemented making it impassable.

By Tuesday morning, there were very few traders and customers in the market compared to other days when it is very congested.

There is shortage of agricultural products supply as most of the suppliers have moved to other major outlets like Karatina, Kangema and Kirinyaga.

“We are losing a lot of customers thereby accumulating great losses due to the deplorable condition of this market. It should be rehabilitated since we also pay huge fees to the council,” said Nderitu.

He claimed that the council has been collecting fee from them though it is not discharging its services.

He also pointed out that every trader is charged KES 15 every day for the stall and an extra KES 15 paid at the entrance for every luggage getting into the market.

However, some commodities like tomatoes are scarce following floods which swept the crops away in most parts of the County and its environs.

Lucy Njeri, a tomato seller complains that cold and rain have affected the commodity’s market.

“We are selling tomatoes at KES 120 per kilogramme due to its scarcity in market. We are traveling to parts of Ngobit-Laikipia to get it and farmers are selling it at a very high cost,” Njeri lamented.

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