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Traders incur losses due to floods

05 April 2013, 12:54 Steve Wambugu

As the long rains continue to wreck havoc across the country, traders in the Nakuru main market have decried over poor drainage system in the market.

The traders added that it had become impossible for them to operate their businesses in the market due to the heavy down pour that is being experienced in the county.

While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kevin Maina a trader operating at the main market said some of them are forced to close their business early adding that most of the traders are incurring losses due to the floods in the market.

“Most of our businesses have been affected during this rainy season because it normally floods here in the market when it rains,” he lamented.

He also pointed out that the council workers have not been collecting garbage in the market which he said had become an eyesore to many of their customers who visit the market.

The traders also called out on the Nakuru County governor Kinuthia Mbugua to prioritize the issue of drainage system in the market adding that the main market was the source of food and employment to many residents in the region.

They also urged the new county government not to emulate the old ways of the Municipal council who used to pledge to renovate the market but failed to do so.

A spot check by the media at the market also revealed that several food commodity prices had doubled up with a kilogram of tomatoes retailing at KES200 up from KES120 while a Kilogram of onions was being sold at KES80 up from KES50 a week ago.

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