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Traders demonstrate over demolition of stalls

22 January 2014, 11:31 Wilshere

Nakuru - More than 300 traders operating in Nakuru town on Wednesday staged a demonstration along Nakuru - Eldoret highway after they found their stalls destroyed by County government officers.

The busy highway was rendered impassible for almost two hours in the morning with police from central police station using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the traders.

The traders said that they were never consulted by the Office of the Governor before they destroyed the stalls on Tuesday night.

“The County officers came at night and removed all our stalls without any notice; we do not know what is happening,” said Martha Wanjiku, one of the affected traders.

Wanjiku lamented that they have been operating around the Eveready roundabout for years and that they have also been paying their rates on time.

Area Member of Parliament, Samuel Arama, who came at the scene, said that no trader will be evicted from their area of work.

Arama said that it is a shame that Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is evicting the same people who voted him into office.

“We are going to rebuild these stalls because this is where all these traders earn their daily bread,” he said.

The legislator said that the traders were not served with any legal notice before their stalls were destroyed.

He said that the governor should stop using force in his governance, adding that each citizen has a democratic right to be heard.

He further said that he will mobilize the traders to demonstrate to the office of governor until their grievances. 

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