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Street families threaten traders

06 March 2013, 12:58 Kelvin Mureithi

Traders operating in Meru town have raised concerns over their security due to the rising number of street families whom they claim not only assault them but rob them off their trading commodities.

On Tuesday evening, three business women were attacked by street boys.

''Two of them were almost raped in broad day light by a gang of four boys near the Kanyuru stream that crosses the town,” an angered Dennis Mwenda told reporters in Meru town.

To safeguard their lives and property, they are calling the Municipal Council to flush them out of town.

“It is very dangerous these days to operate beyond 7pm. This is affecting our businesses because sometimes we run late to catch up with those who leave work late and want to pass by buying something from us,” said Mercy Nyawira, a trader.

Following laxity by the authority, there has been an increased number of street beggars strategically stationed along the busy streets especially near the hotels, banks and the highways.

The residents have raised their concern over their security due to the upsurge of the street before but nothing has been done to solve the problem so far.

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