Lamu Hawkers Evicted From Mkunguni Square

The Lamu government on Monday ejected hawkers from the Mkunguni Square.

The more than 200 traders had only been allowed to conduct their business at the Square during the holy month of Ramadhan.

The traders had to be sent away after the 30-day period ran out on Saturday.

A county official Aboud Shee who spoke to the Star in Lamu on Sunday said the move was undertaken after the traders refused to voluntarily vacate the

Square as earlier agreed.

The officials said being the only meeting centre in Lamu, there was need for the Square to be cleared to give way for meetings.

“That is not a market, we just agreed to have them there since we understand that during Ramadhan, there is no space to accommodate all traders inside

the Municipal market,” Shee said.

Traders who were ejected have said the county government refused to renovate the Municipal market which is overcrowded and stuffy.

The traders want the county government to quickly expand the market and ensure proper ventilation in order to ensure the durability of their products.

“Whenever it rains, our woes are tripled since it leaks. As they chase us out of Mkunguni, they should show us where to do our businesses from or we will go

back there,” trader Teresia Njuguna said.