Sunday, 5 August 2012

Traders petition Police in Kenya over insecurity

By Athumani Kimanga

Police Commissioner Iteere
Traders at the biggest Muthurwa market in Nairobi on Sunday, August 05 petitioned Kenyan Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere over increasing cases of insecurity both within the market and the surroundings.

Through Nairobi Central Business Hawkers Association (NCBHA), the group accused police over laxity and deteriorating security levels.

“We Muthurwa traders are perturbed over the laxity by the police that
has given rise to skyrocketing cases of insecurity .It is regrettable
that traders and customers are no longer safe moving around in these
premises. We are calling upon Iteere to mobilize security details to
guarantee safety of traders and customers.” NCBHA chairman Nelson
Githaiga lamented.

They spoke while briefing journalists yesterday at a hotel in Nairobi.

To affirm their claims, the hawkers lamented that suspects caught by
traders robbing other traders or customers are always released from a nearby
Kamukunji Police Station and Railways Police Station under unclear

“We don’t want to take law into our own hands but certainly we are not
going to sit back and watch our fellow traders and customers being
robbed in broad daylight all to the detriment of our business if the
status quo of police laxity persists.” Part of the statement read.

The petition came barely a month after traders from the famous Gikomba traders led by area Member of Parliament Yusuf Hassan stormed Vigilance House (Police headquarters) demanding immediate transfer of police in the area in protest to rising wave of crime.

Also, the hawkers threatened to boycott paying levies to the City
Council of Nairobi for failing to collect mounting heaps of uncollected decomposing garbage.

“We are giving an ultimatum to Nairobi Town Clerk Roba Duba that we
will boycott paying requisite levies to the council. We will not hesitate to make good of our pronouncements in seven days.” Githaiga warned.

They pointed an accusing finger to Duba for consistently ignoring their complaints despite having made numerous correspondences to his office.

They also want the access roads to the market rehabilitated to ease traffic congestion in and out of the multimillion Muthurwa market.

Police had recently said they will relocate all hawkers operating in the NCBDA to Muthurwa market for fear that they can be used by the Al-Shabaab group to hide bombs in their wares and use it to cause destruction in the East African biggest City.

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