Busi­nesses lose mil­lions over anti-iebc protests

Po­lice records show Sh15m lost so far in loot­ing and de­struc­tion

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY BRIAN MOSETI bmoseti@ke.na­tion­media.com AND LILLIAN MUTAVI Lmu­tavi@ke.na­tion­media.com

Traders in CBD count­ing losses caused by dis­or­der

Busi­nesses in Nairobi had by yes­ter­day lost more than Sh15 mil­lion in looted goods dur­ing the Op­po­si­tion’s an­ti­iebc protests, records at the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion show.

Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Spokesman Ge­orge Kinoti, how­ever, said the fig­ure could be higher given they were still re­ceiv­ing more re­ports. “A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple have re­ported to us but we have not made the ag­gre­gate from all parts of the coun­try be­cause there are also re­ports from Mig­ori, Si­aya and other coun­ties,’’ he said last evening.

Yes­ter­day, busi­ness­men in Nairobi said they do not want the protests to con­tinue as they had lost a lot af­ter shops were bro­ken into and looted and ve­hi­cles

A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple have re­ported to us but we have not made the ag­gre­gate all over the coun­try,” Ge­orge Kinoti, Po­lice Spokesman

dam­aged by stone-throw­ing pro­test­ers.

They said protests called by the Op­po­si­tion were hurt­ing busi­nesses.

On Car­di­nal Otunga Road, for in­stance, there are three shops with bro­ken win­dows. The own­ers said they are afraid the shops will be tar­geted again should the demon­stra­tions con­tinue.

But demon­stra­tors are not the only men­ace city busi­ness­men are grap­pling with. They also have to deal with the in­va­sion of hawk­ers in the cen­tral busi­ness district.

The hawk­ers have been oc­cu­py­ing the streets as early as 6 am, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a le­nient county govern­ment that has re­sorted to di­a­logue rather than the usual forcible evic­tion from the CBD.

This comes at a time when the county govern­ment has is­sued rad­i­cal mea­sures to deal with hawk­ing.

In the di­rec­tive, the hawk­ers are re­quired to op­er­ate only in ar­eas beyond Tom Mboya Street, not hawk their wares in front of shops be­fore 2 pm, re­frain from hawk­ing on both sides of the road, and en­sure that paths are avail­able for pedes­tri­ans.

A walk through the streets yes­ter­day, how­ever, showed the hawk­ers were yet to ad­here to the di­rec­tive.


Nasa sup­port­ers clash with Ju­bilee sup­port­ers on Moi Av­enue in Nairobi on Wed­nes­day.

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