June 17, 2019

Traders Barricade Eldoret-Nakuru Highway

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By Derrick Kiplagat
Angry residents and traders at Burnt Forest in Uasin Gishu County blocked the Eldoret-Nakuru highway protesting against increased trade license fees and poor services from the authorities. The residents blocked the road at the Burnt Forests centre, demanding to be addressed by Governor Jackson Mandago over the revenue charges which they claim to have increased by over 200%.
Olare ward representative to the County Assembly, Nicholas Maraba was on the forefront in protesting against the taxes. “We are asking Governor Mandago to come here and address us over the new rates,” Maraba said.
Last year, traders and residents of Cheptiret in Uasin Gishu County held similar protests demanding proper and ample parking for motorbikes, and for feeder roads to be constructed in the region.
The residents were also opposed to the high parking fees and the increase in trade license fees.
New Gate Fees
The residents differed with County Government’s plans to introduce gate charges for parking areas. They disrupted normal business until Governor Mandago intervened.
“Last year, Governor Mandago blocked this same road at Cheptiret Trading Centre where he raised the same issues we are raising today. We are demanding that he comes here so that we can also address this issue once and for all” said Maraba.
The traders also cited poor drainage systems in the area and poor garbage collection as some of their grievances. Maraba alongside the residents and the traders vowed to continue with the protests until the Governor intervened.
“Traders in Burnt Forest are hardworking people. The trade license fees have been raised without consulting us, thus forcing us to come out to the road,” said a trader. He also complained that the trading centre has no public toilets.

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