Small-scale traders in Kajiado have protested over huge heaps of garbage that have remained uncollected for days at the market.
The traders complained that for the last two weeks, heaps of garbage from the market has not been collected exposing them to health risks.
The market vendors revealed that they were no longer making sales like before as the pungent smell emanating from the garbage was keeping customers away.
According to Gregory Kimeu, the trader’s chairman, the huge heaps of garbage that was strewn in the market and at the entrance is a ticking time bomb that could result in an outbreak of water-borne diseases like cholera.
Kimeu revealed that the County Government had not yet collected garbage from the market for the past two weeks and they were now forced to sell their goods in a dirty environment.
He added that the contractor who used to collect garbage from the market stopped thus they are forced to depend on garbage collection trucks from Ngong or Kitengela towns.
“Garbage in the market has not been collected for two weeks now and this is exposing us to diseases. The situation is made worse by stray dogs and cows that rummage through the garbage and spreading it all over the place,” said the chairman.
He called on the County Government to act fast and collect the garbage to curb an imminent outbreak of diseases.
Mary Wanjohi, a vegetable vendor at the market wondered why the County Government was not collecting garbage from the market daily yet traders are forced to pay Sh 50 every Wednesday during market days as revenue.
Wanjohi revealed that the garbage had made her lose many customers as they keep away for fear that her vegetables may be contaminated.
“I have lost a lot of customers to this garbage, most of them now prefer to buy vegetables outside the market or in supermarkets as the smell puts them off,” she said.
Garbage collection at the Kajiado market has been an issue for a while now with traders often raising complains.
A contractor who had been engaged to collect garbage at the market stopped the collection due to non- payment for over 27 months.
George Molel said he stopped collecting the garbage since July this year as the County Government has not paid him for over two years.
“I have not been paid for 27 months, that is why I stopped collecting the garbage as it became expensive paying the workers and fueling the trucks. If I am paid today, I will resume collection” said Molel.