Nanyuki market traders have refused to pay taxes in solidarity to protest the poor conditions and unfulfilled promises made by the outgoing governor.
After it has rained, it is nearly impossible to enter Nanyuki Market.
Following numerous complaints from traders and customers, This Is Laikipia visited the place and spoke with traders who are concerned about a variety of diseases that could strike at any time due to the filthy and unhealthy environment.
It is worth noting that the situation at Nanyuki Market is deeply worrying.
Flies are flying around as I observe different stands. Under those wooden stands, there is a foul odor caused by mud mixed with other waste from various food elements that stink.
Agnes Wanjiru, a dry small fish seller, agrees with the fruits vendor, indicating that they work in an unfavorable environment.
“Sometimes I feel nauseous and shouldn’t eat anything because of the dirtiness and stinky smell,” Susan Mukami, her neighbor, weighs in.
The same is true for John Muriithi, a fruit and vegetable vendor at the same Nanyuki market. “Because I sell freshly consumed fruit, I am concerned that it may cause diseases to those who consume it,” he laments.
That Nanyuki Market, according to Harrison Njuki, is not suitable to be called a market.
“Water from the market toilets collects near our kiosks and stagnates.” These stinking pools of water, undoubtedly contribute to the spread of diseases among people in Nanyuki Market. “
I urgently request that Hygienic Service agents assist us so that we can work in a clean, fresh environment,” a food kiosk operator yells angrily. He also shows us people eating in a restaurant next to a stench-filled pond.
“It’s all here.” Food is cheaper than in other markets, but the place is filthy and difficult to get into. I can’t come here when it’s raining,” Alice Muthokoi, a young woman we met there, laments.
The Nanyuki market was opened and declared ‘modern’ by a whole delegation of county officials on 16th October 2018.
Walking through the dirt and dodging pools of stagnant water revealed nothing but the harsh reality of market life.
According to James Mathenge, there have been several projects aimed at rehabilitating that market.
In terms of dirtiness, he explains that there is a department in charge of removing waste from the market on a daily basis.
“The governor promised that the entire market would be paved in six months when he was seeking votes,” James emphasizes.
Officials visited the market but have yet to comment. This Is Laikipia attempted to contact the relevant offices but was unsuccessful.
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