By Erastus Mulwa
Business in Tala town came to a near standstill after livestock traders demonstrated to protest against what they termed a health hazard at the trading centre.
And for the second day, they refused to pay trading fees usually levied by the local authority on traders selling or buying livestock at the market.
They were protesting against the local authority’s move to dispose dog carcasses at a dumpsite just a few metres from the market grounds.
The dogs were reportedly poisoned following a directive by the public health officer after increased cases of dog bites where victims were infected with rabies.
Led by their spokesman Alex Kamitu, the traders petitioned the local authority to set a good example of practicing safe disposal of waste to avoid possible contamination and disease outbreak.
Town Clerk Sospeter Musembi promised to put up a public toilet at the market and move the waste disposal site.