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Lodwar market traders protest over insecurity.  

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More than 200 traders at Lodwar market on Monday protested over what they described insecurity at the market.

They vowed not to pay revenue to the county government unless their demands are met.

The traders marched from the market to the governor’s office after lands and urban areas management executive committee member Esther Lokwei declined to address them at her office.

The traders did not meet the governor who was out of office but they presented their grievances to the principal administrator in the office of the county secretary Bernard Lennon.

Lodwar market association vice Chairman Peter Ewalan said the traders have lost their goods to thieves because the market does not have a good fence and demanded that the county government construct a fence to improve security at the market.

“The poor state of the fence has made it possible for thieves to sneak into the market and steal our goods, ” said Ewalan.

He also decried the presence of many street children in the market saying they are contributing to the theft in the market.

The traders  demanded that the county government pays for electricity to boost security at night.

There is only one security guard at the market who is paid by the traders.

“We have been paying the security guard shs 6,000 yet we also pay shs 20 everyday to the county government.The county government should employ more security guards from the revenue we pay,” said Janet Kwamboka a vegetable vendor at the market.

They also complained that they are made to pay revenue everyday evening  on weekends and complained that the receipts they are issued with on weekends are not stamped

“On weekdays we receive computer generated receipts but on weekends we are given other receipts which are are not stamped, ” said Kwamboka.

The traders also decried the uncleanliness at the market saying it could cause a cholera outbreak.

Lennon promised to present their grievances to the departments of trade,  lands and revenue.

We shall meet with your leaders and we shall give them a feedback.Just be patient and know we will look into your issues,” he said.

By Peter Gitonga

 

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