Traders’ organization cry fouls over forced relocation

A section of traders in Bomet town are crying foul over their forced relocation from their roadside stands to the new World Bank-funded market stalls constructed by the national government.

Some traders said that the two week notice given to them by the county government after consultation was not sufficient for relocation.

Speaking at the new market Wednesday, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Bomet branch vice chairman Leonard Langat said that they had agreed with the county government to allow the traders more time to relocate, but their plea landed on deaf ears.

Langat said that the demolition of kiosks and other structures which was done on Monday night left traders counting losses as they lost their stock to thieves who took advantage of the demolitions.

Governor Dr Joyce Laboso had told traders who were doing their businesses along the Narok � Bomet high way they would be given the first priority in the new market building but some were not lucky to get space.

The County Executive Committee member in -charge of trade Bernard Ngeno attributed the slow growth of the town to mushrooming of unplanned structures, which, he said, will not attract investors.

Ngeno said that with no proper planning in the town; traders had encroached road reserves, government land and even areas set aside for residential houses.

Source: Kenya News Agency