Traders in Malindi face eviction
23 May 2013, 12:42
Malindi - Vegetable and fruit sellers operating outside Malindi old market have been given five days to go back in the
market or they will be forcefully evicted.
Kilifi County Governor Keneth Kamto said that they will not allow traders
to operate outside the market while there are many empty spaces inside
He said that those who will defy the
order will be forcefully evicted by
county government officers and legal action will be taken against
Kamto said traders operating outside the market are dirtying
the town a move he noted is not being taken lightly by Kilifi county
“We can not allow traders to operate outside here
while many spaces are in the market, if
they don’t go back we will force them,’ he said.
Kimto who was addressing
traders at Malindi old market said that Kilifi county government
will be renovating all markets in the county.
He said that those operating from outside the
market are doing so against the law and so they can even be prosecuted urging
them to peacefully leave the place.
“Our officers will be coming
here and see if there some traders will still be operating from outside the market and
they will be arrested. Don’t take my words lightly and witness your
fruits and vegetable being thrown away its better you start emptying
this place and go in the market take your space there,” he said.
the traders accused Kilifi county officers operating in the area for
failing to clean the market causing them to operate from
They claimed that they are forced to seek services of
private cleaners and sometime school children to clean their business
premises despite the fact that they pay for the services monthly to the
The deputy governor said the issue will be solved
saying the then municipal council workers were incompetent in doing
“We know there was laxity amongst the officers
involved in cleaning this market but I assure you as much as we are now
the government in pace this issue will be solved in time but we want
everyone inside this market not outside,’ he insisted.
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