BY ALLAN OTIENO
The government has now warned Mitumba traders in Gikomba against going against the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health ministry and the Trade and Industrialization Ministry over Mitumba .
Kamukunji Deputy County Commissioner Moses Lilan says that they will not allow traders to violate the guidelines put in place to avert further spread of Corona virus in Gikomba market.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News, Lilan stated that Mitumba in Gikomba have always attracted crowds that have posed various risks of Corona virus to people.
‘‘As government we are not to going to allow anyone to sell Mitumba contrary to the guidelines issued by Ministry of Trade if they try we shall deal with them,’’ Lilan warned.
Some of the guidelines put in place state that Mitumba bales must be approved by Kenya Bureau of Standards [KEBS], and that they must be branded with type of clothes inside them.
The guidelines also state that the mitumba must be well fumigated before they are put out for sale.
Suppliers of mitumba shall be required to alert PVoC service providers contracted by KEBS on the intention to import and shall dispatch all orders through designated ports of entry including the Kilindini Port and the Inland Container Deport Nairobi (ICDN).
Meanwhile the traders have welcomed the move but have urged the the government to be realistic with some of the protocols adding that some are strenuous.
‘‘Most of are small scale traders it will be difficult for us to follow this kind of procedure, at least the government could have considered our income before imposing the same,’’ Charles Njau Mitumba trader told Ghetto Radio News.