Kisumu Traders Protest Against Court Order Stopping Them from Obtaining Spaces In New Market
A section of Kisumu traders today held demonstrations to protest against a court order obtained by the Kisumu County Government to stop the balloting exercise of the newly constructed Uhuru Complex Market.
The traders who expected to get spaces today from the exercise were kept waiting for more than five hours after the court order was issued.
The angry traders marched to the governor’s office demanding that he explains to them the set back.
“We were called to come here to receive the stalls but unfortunately were are receiving court orders. We want to know why the county government went to court because we are the main victims in this whole saga,”said Patrick Mbasa a trader at the market.
The traders appealed to the county government to withdraw the court order to enable them carry on with their business.
“Let the county government withdraw the court order, why are we saying this, life is hard now. I have not been able to do any business since the demolition. I have children in school who need school fees, why are suffering like this, yet we have government?” lamented another trader.
Uhuru Complex Market was built by the National Government for traders who were displaced during a demolition exercise to pave way for the Kisumu Port.
Kisumu County City Manager Abala Wanga confirmed that indeed the county went to court to stop the balloting exercise that was supposed to give traders at the market space.
Wanga claimed that the process had been hijacked by cartels.
“We have the biometric list of traders, who were evicted and when the list was published some were missing. There is no structure in that market in terms of water, sewage line and electricity. This is why we moved to court to give us room for discussion with national government,” says Abala Wanga.
BY; JACOB OLUOCH
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