Last Updated on 16 February 2019 by Gertrude

I don’t have photos or pictures to show. Don’t worry, I have a keen eye on details you won’t feel left out. I was about town yesterday. On reaching there, the cars weren’t moving, people were. There is traffic in Nakuru nowadays. The towns are becoming smaller everyday with the increasing Kenyan Population. A town that seemed to have less cars and people now has incredible traffic on months that are busy like the School holidays and December holidays. Getting home becomes quite a pain, we get used to. Luckily, for us who don’t have to travel to town every day morning and evening. Nowadays, getting home early is no guarantee.

Queueing while waiting for these cars has become the norm. Public service vehicles are becoming lesser and fewer by the day. Some hours later, the traffic clears, people go home. Yesterday, it was queueing in the main markets for fruits and vegetables and shoes and clothing. Why? Because, there is no one selling these things until later. Claiming the notice for their eviction wasn’t issued long ago, it was just issued and anti-riots police, traders and council officers were keeping an eye immediately. Later during the day, the police seemed to have eased their stance by letting the traders keep on working. Now, we could buy our tomatoes and beans and peas.

What now for these traders then? Their kiosks have been demolished. It’s the beginning of the school year, with so much activities going on. These are the months where we anticipated sales. This is the month when mothers and fathers buy new items for their children. Where do we buy them items with no one to sell? Even if they sell, it will be at a high price while sneering their mouths and noses. ‘They have been harassed’, so what cost 500 will be 800 or 1, 000 shillings. What measures are there in place to help deal with situations like this in future?

Way forward

Next time we speak of de-congestion, let’s first provide a space to do business. As I can see, there is nearly no place to go with these businesses. I can see no available space in Nakuru town. These traders should have a market elsewhere, away from town, like Kisumu County did before the 2007 elections. Find space, it’s always available.

No wonder the traders didn’t move. Once you have an eviction notice, provide room and space for me to do business away from public space. This is where these traders get bread and butter for their families, what if they are made to move away forever? What happens to them and their kids or families. Where will they go? Even in the estates there is demolition going on. The East-more has experienced demolitions from the same county government. Haven’t heard if there were complains about these ones anyway, so, nothing much to speak.

When you provide anti riots to deal with traders, do you mind kids going back to school? Do you mind other lone walkers and shoppers in the supermarkets boarding and alighting on vehicles. Do you mind congested streets of Nakuru people and businesses? NO, NO. You don’t care how many people can die out of situations like this one. You just care to keep the day traders from the county but not others.

Why don’t you have talks with the traders? I know this is always, talk, talk. Talk, this lethal tongue is also a problem solver. It’s also the solution to problems if approached wisely. Talk with them, asking what they want reaching a consensus. Then releasing these men and women to go with struggles of their daily bread!.

What do you as a Nakuru trader suggest or even want? You can speak some more here, would love to hear how you want this to be handled. Thank you.



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