Transport paralysed in Meru town
16 February 2012, 10:24
Transport in Meru town was yesterday paralyzed for hours
after wheelbarrow and cart business operators demonstrated along the streets of
Meru town accusing the Meru Municipal Council of imposing heavy taxes on them.
The demonstrating crowd majority aged between 15-20 years
old however matched along the streets of Meru town shouting slogans that,
Municipal Council management’s team must go, before ending to the District
Commissioner office to air their
They accused the council for over taxing them without
considering their day in-out income profit.
Municipal Council of Meru on Monday issued a new
statement to all wheelbarrow and cart operators to pay a fee in a move to
implement the council’s by-laws on revenue collection.
A statement signed by the council Town clerk stipulates
that any wheelbarrow entering the town on market days will have to part with
shs. 20/= whereas a handcarts and donkey carts will be charged shs.40/= each.
Speaking on behalf of the Town Clerk, the treasurer Ms.
Jacinta Gakuo said they expect everyone using the Municipal facilities within
the town should be liable to pay levies agreed upon by the council.
Gakuo said the implementation of the notice kicks off
this Friday with defaulters facing arrest and charged in accordance with the
But according to the operators who sought audience with
District Office, Ms Pricilla Wanyiri claimed that they earn less than a hundred
shillings per day and charging them sh.40 and sh 20 respectively, is like
putting their lives into a demise.
‘The council does not know we don’t own these wheelbarrow
but we hire them and the owner charge us sh.50 per day so imagine the Council
need sh 20 so what is my benefit, how will I feed my family and is it like they want me to shift to criminal deals,
‘posed Julius Kirimi. a wheelbarrow pusher.
According to Timothy Mwenda, a handcart puller, most of
the youths who operate such businesses are former streets children who are trying
to earn a living in the right way.
However Ms.Wanyiri asked them to be calm and give the
office a day to intervene assuring them they will have a dialogue with
Municipal Council Clerk.Mr.John Mwalimu on the way forward.
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