Traders storm County Assembly
18 July 2013, 12:26
A group of small scale traders from Narumoru town in Kieni constituency on Thursday stormed Nyeri County Assembly protesting over demolition of their business stalls.
The traders who had held demonstrations last month over a notice of eviction were complaining that the notice has been effected without their knowledge.
They said their Ward Representative Marete Ringera was unable to protect them despite his assurance that he would avert the notice which had been issued by the County Governor’s office.
The more than 200 traders further said that Governor Nderitu Gachagua is humiliating and frustrating them by evicting from the shopping centre where they have been operating business for more than 20 years.
One of the traders Abdi Hassan said stalls were pulled down on discriminatory basis.
“We are wondering if this County government is there to protect the rich and tycoons only while leaving out the poor. The Governor had promised to serve us equally and we dedicated our support to him during elections but now he is frustrating us by protecting only the rich,” said Hassan.
Reportedly, those whose stalls were not demolished had given KES 35 000 to the Ward Representative so as to preserve their containers.
However, the Ward Representative has dismissed the allegations saying they were raised by his political opposers in a bid to tarnish his name.
“The demolition exercise was done by the Governor not I and I did not receive any money from anyone,” denied Marete adding that he had consulted the Governor and agreed the traders would not be evicted.
Marete said he had informed the Governor that the stalls are the only source of income to many residents in the area and if evicted, they will be rendered jobless.
The business premises were erected on the road reserves and were demolished in a move to protect roads and public resources.
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