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Traders in Malindi face eviction

23 May 2013, 12:42 Alloys Musyoka

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 the market.

He said that those who will defy the order will be forcefully evicted by county government officers and legal action will be taken against them.

Kamto said traders operating outside the market are dirtying the town a move he noted is not being taken lightly by Kilifi county government.

“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.

However the traders accused Kilifi county officers operating in the area for failing to clean the market causing them to operate from outside.

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 government.

The deputy governor said the issue will be solved saying the then municipal council workers were incompetent in doing their work.

“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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