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Traders worried over Kisumu unrest

25 January 2013, 12:49 Oduor Omondi

The recent spate of protests that rocked parts of Nyanza as a result of party nominations is worrying Ugandan traders.

The traders especially those in Kisumu said they are worried about the security and safety of their goods during and after the March 4 polls.

The chairman of the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) Everett Kayondo said they need assurance from the government that their goods would be secure.

Speaking when he led a delegation of traders to Kisumu East District Commissioner’s office, Kayondo challenged the government to put up measures to protect incoming and existing traders.

“As a precautionary measure, we have advised our members (traders) to take up insurance policies that cover political risks so that in case of any loss, they are compensated,” he pointed out.

In his speech, Kisumu East District Commissioner Willy Cheboi reiterated that the Kisumu County security team is up to task to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election come March 4.

Cheboi said his team has put in place stringent security measures to ensure that business at the lake side city and its environs is not affected by the polls.

He said that despite chaos being witnessed in some parts of Kisumu during an after the party primaries, all is well as the country heads towards the general elections.

“We had isolated cases of demonstrations during the nominations especially by those who were not satisfied with the results, but that is not to say that all is not well,” noted the DC.

He also warned politicians against inciting the youth to cause violence saying the law will catch up with anyone involved in incitement.

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