Thika Businesses remain closed as voters await presidential results

Most businesses in Thika town remained closed on Friday following repeat of presidential elections held on Thursday that forced most of them to close for the exercise.

Although few supermarkets within the busy town were open, they had few shoppers while most public vehicle operators decried lack of passengers.

A spot check by KNA in most hotels, business stalls and private hospitals further established little presence of Thika inhabitants.

For instance, a vehicle that takes 20 minutes for passengers to fill up took over an hour as passengers were few.

According to a few residents roaming in the town Saturday, most voters who had moved upcountry had not resumed work and were awaiting results of the polls.

Most of the voters who moved upcountry are yet to resume work. Most are either broke due to the economic challenges that Kenya is facing.

Many also fear tension in the country but we hope that normalcy will resume in at least two weeks, said Ann Nyambura, a business lady.

Most companies operating within the town were closed with only gatemen being seen operating.

Thika district business association chairman Alfred Wanyoike lamented that most businesses were suffering losses over the political impasse in the county.

The announcement by NASA that it has transformed itself into a resistant movement is further a threat to investors and is likely to lead to loss of more jobs as investors would keep off establishing their businesses in a politically unstable environment, he expressed concern.

Most businesses here will probably resume operations on Monday next week after clarity on the next move by the country’s leadership. Most of my members fear that should normalcy not be sought fast, businesses will collapse, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency