Eldoret;Traders counting losses in county “Clean Up operation”!


“The  exercise is  aimed  at cleaning up the town ahead of the  8The devolution conference slated  for  august”

County Excavators demolishing business signage within Eldoret CBD/Photo Courtesy

By Mahlon Lichuma

Traders in Eldoret are  counting losses  after  county Government  Excavators and  bulldozers brought  down illegal structures  and  business signage  in what has  been termed  as  a move to  clean the  town ahead  of  the  8Th devolution conference .

Some of the  traders  have  hailed  the  move  especially  along the  Bandaptai street saying  it  would expand  the  road  leading to a  number of  business  establishments along the  busy  street,

‘Previously  it  would be  difficult  to  have  a parking space  along  the  street due  to the manager garages  but  we are hoping  business will thrive  owing to  county government plans  to tarmac the busy  bandaptai street”Said  a  trader

However  a majority of the  small traders were  aghast  to see  county excavators  bringing  down some of their  mabati  shops ,

“The county government did not  inform us  upfront in form of  a notice , we  have lost our  source of livelihood , its  incongruous  to bring down mabati shops  demanding that all buildings  within the  town must be  story  buildings ”Said  Chebet another  trader

Some of the  garage operators  have  faulted  the county government for issuing  a  short  notice ,

“The garages  you see  here  support over  hundreds of  families , we  have over  500 mechanics  who  earn a living out of these  garages ,we  do not know where  next to go”Said  John Odhiambo, a mechanic.

According to Francis Ouko Odhiambo,the  Chairman Bodaboda Sacco at the Wilma Stage the move to work on the road  expansion is a great effort as long as it won’t interfere with their business.

“We have already received the notice and are known to move and pave the way for the construction of the road, what we are worried about is that they don’t displace us,” said Ouko.

The County CECM  Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development Anthony Sitienei  who  supervised the demolitions within the Eldoret Central Business district  has clarified that traders were issued with notices in the month of  February however none  complied,

“The  exercise is  aimed  at cleaning up the town ahead of the  8The devolution conference slated  for  august ,we have also  brought down business many  signage that have  been hanging  on the walls against the physical lands  laws” Opined  Sitienei

Overtime we  have  had  a mushrooming of illegal  structures in this  town and  therefore  we  are putting things in order.Added Sitienei

Some of the markets based  within the  CBD are  likely  to be  demolished  tonight .

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