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Plight of Kibuye market demolition victims

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By Jacob Oluoch

Traders whose business stalls were demolished last year continue to languish in poverty several weeks after their business premises were brought down by the county government.

Elizabeth Okumu a disabled mother of six who has been doing her business at the market 35 years says life has never been the same again since the demolitions.

Okumu says that getting an alternative place to sell her merchandize has been quite an uphill task for her.

“I have been doing my business at Kibuye for 35years. When the first case of Corona was reported in the country, we were removed from Kibuye market and later on it was demolished without proper action,” she says.

“Where I used to carry out my business was demolished too and from that day life has been hard on my side . I am not in a position to pay school fees for my kids, pay rent and provide basic needs,” she further stated.

The Kisumu county government illegal structures at the Kibuye market to pave way for the upgrade of the facility. 

The first phase of the market will cost Ksh. 315 Million.

Okumu is now appealing to the government to help them an alternative place to conduct their trade.

“I’m requesting county government to assist me secure a place where I can carry out my business to enable me meet my needs”, she added.


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