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Heavy rainfall affects trading activities in Trans Nzoia County

KNA     Traders in Kitale town are counting heavy losses following current
heavy rainfall that continue to pound most parts of Trans Nzoia
County.

            

A spot check by Kenya News Agency (KNA) Wednesday morning revealed
reduced trading activities within Kitale town and its environs, with
open air markets being the worst affected.

            

A section of interviewed traders expressed regret over what most
termed as poor stock turnover occasioned by the rains that has poured
day and night for the last four days in the region.

            

The sorry situation has been compounded by flooding along most
streets and alleyways in Kitale town.

             

“A bigger percentage of regular customers have since disappeared, a
situation that has adversely affected traders dealing in perishable
goods,” reported Mrs. Tabitha Nafula, a grocery business lady.

            

According to Mrs. Nafula, most of the buyers had preferred to procure
foodstuffs alongside other basic items from retail shops and supermarkets in the town.

            

She called on Trans Nzoia County government to quickly address what
she described as poor drainage system in order to save the traders
from incurring further losses.

            

“Traders in town have raised concern regarding market
management and are worried of losing stock to floods if county
government fails to improve the town’s drainage system,” remarked
Nafula.

The traders appealed to area Governor Mr. Patrick Khaemba to intervene
and ensure speedy completion of the ongoing construction of a modern
market in the busy town.

            

Meanwhile, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner (CC) Mr. Samson Ojwang’ has urged members of public to take extra precautions to avoid encountering adverse effects of the rains.

            

Speaking to KNA in his office, Ojwang’ advised residents to avoid
walking or sheltering under trees when raining.

            

“We are experiencing heavy rainfall accompanied by storms and
lightening, thus the need for our people to be careful,” observed
Ojwang’.

            

The commissioner specifically urged parents and teachers to ensure
school learners were properly dressed in warm attires.

            

The county boss cautioned boda boda riders against flouting traffic rules.
“We don’t expect boda boda riders to capitalize on the situation to make quick kills, for instance by overcharging fares and carrying more than one customer,” warned Ojwang’ who instructed the police department to ensure full compliance to traffic rules by all motorists.
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