By Kepher Otieno and Maureen Odiwuor
They claimed new charges were exorbitant and should have been consulted to allow smooth operation of small and large scale enterprises.
The association officials led by Martin Olouch and Jack Nyambega mobilized businesspeople and marched to the council offices to protest the new fees. But authorities managed to restore calm as chief officers retreated for a meeting to resolve the charges row.
According to the Town Clerk, Christopher Rusana, they agreed to lift some of the fees levied on the women entrepreneurs but maintained the parking fees will have to be paid.
Rusana said they were expected to raise revenue from alternative sources within the municipality and will not succumb to pressure to bend the law but seek consensus.
He called for cooperation between the business sector and the authority if they are to operate well. Rusana spoke as the protesting traders claimed that introducing of Sh50 parking fees at the market bays was chasing customers. They wondered why the fees had been introduced now yet over the years it has been nonâexistent hence the protest.
Already, the authority plans to hike rates as they embark on upgrading of the town status to conform with the new system of devolved Government.
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