× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Cartoons Lifestyle Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Ramadhan Special Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×

Ward reps suspend notice banning Sunday market day

CENTRAL
By James Munyeki | July 2nd 2019

The Nyandarua County Assembly has suspended a gazette notice banning Sunday trading at Engineer town.

The order was issued and gazetted by Industrialisation, Trade and Cooperatives Executive Muthoni Wamuiya on May 10 to allegedly invoke observance of Sunday as a day of worship and to shield traders from competition by non-residents.

Kipipiri Ward rep Paul Ngeche, who moved the motion, noted that the order ought to have been taken to the assembly together with an explanatory memoranda, which was not done.

“No consultation was done whatsoever. The Statutory Instruments Act (2013) and Standing Order No. 191 was not followed,” Mr Ngeche said.

Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome said the notice was illegal "and has no effect or consequence on any Nyandarua resident from now moving forward, until it is resolved conclusively by the House".

He added, “I feel very happy today because this House has re-established its position and restored its dignity. There is no gazette notice that can avail itself without a statutory instrument, a guideline, policy or a subsidiary legislation behind it. I am, therefore, happy for you for calling an illegality by its name."

Wanjohi Ward rep Isaac Kung’u said public participation and 'serious' dialogue ought to have been done on the matter

Take a quick survey and help us improve our website!

Take a survey

“Kenya is a secular State. What will Seventh Day Adventist church followers and Muslims do when this order is enforced?” Mr Kung'u posed.

Githioro Ward rep Sambigi Mukuria said that by failing to follow the provisions of the law, the Executive had usurped powers of the assembly.

“People who only go to the market on Sundays should be given their space. This is a selfish way by some people to shield themselves from competition. Religion cannot be an excuse to frustrate other business people,” Mr Mukuria said.

He added that no scientific research had been conducted to show that banning Sunday trade would lead to an increase in church goers.

Share this story
Six-star Sharks: Confederations Cup. Kenya’s representatives in pole after thrashing Djibouti opponents
Kariobangi Sharks dismantle Arta Solar in the debut in Africa and now head to Horn of Africa with their noses up.
COVID-19 outbreak at Lukaku's Inter Milan
Inter Milan's Serie A match at home to Sassuolo on Saturday is to be postponed and their players will be pulled out of international duty after...

.
RECOMMENDED NEWS

Feedback