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Traders stage demonstrations over 'unfair competition'

By Irissheel Shanzu | July 30th 2019

More than 200 traders in Makutano market staged demonstration to protest neglect by the county government.

The business people claimed that despite paying taxes, they have been disadvantaged by ‘intruders’ who unfairly compete with them by selling their wares in the streets.

"The county government is mistreating us. They collect tax every day, but they don't give us a conducive environment to do our business," said Rebecca Chumba.

The traders who walked over five kilometres to the trade office to seek audience with the relevant officials claimed hawkers had been allowed to operate along the road while they were forced to relocate to the main market away from the road.

Fred Omondi, a trader, said the county had failed to build shades in the market thus exposing them to heavy rains and the scorching sun.

Efforts to reach the Trade and Industry Executive Joel Aromonyang for comment were futile as he failed to pick our calls despite earlier promising to give his comments.  

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