“Where is the president Uhuru Kenyatta, he called us his army during the campaigns, he has now abandoned us, we are only getting silence from him as our businesses are being brought down” these were the words of one of the small scale traders whose businesses were destroyed today in Mutindwa.
Devastated Mary Njeri says she does not understand how the government would turn against the people that put them in power.
“I was a big supporter of the Tano Tena movement because i knew, that it was the movement that will support the poor hustling people,” adds Njeri.
The demolitions come less than a month after bulldozers brought down structures at the market that were built on a road reserve.
Traders at Mutindwa market are among the many people counting losses following the government’s move to reclaim road and railway lines reserves.
On Monday, a multi agency task force brought down a Java restaurant and a Shell Petrol Station over claims that they are built on riparian land.
Two weeks ago, over 2000 families were affected in the demolitions conducted by the Kenya Urban and Rural Roads Authority and the Kenya National Highways Authority.