Ar­ti­san says Machakos govern­ment frus­trates his ef­forts to earn a liv­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern -

A 50-year-old ar­ti­san has ac­cused the Machakos govern­ment of frus­trat­ing his ef­forts to earn a liv­ing. Slota Slum res­i­dent Zakaya Ndawa yes­ter­day told the Star he is un­able to sell his hand­crafts due to ha­rass­ment from the county’s rev­enue col­lec­tion of­fi­cers. He said the of­fi­cers have con­fis­cated his wares worth Sh8,000, af­ter they found him sell­ing them on Mom­basa Road, Athi River town. Ndawa said the of­fi­cers want him to open a premise, regis­ter a busi­ness and re­mit rev­enue to the county govern­ment, which he can­not af­ford. He urged the county to al­low him sell his wares to fend for his two wives and six chil­dren. “I am poor and can­not af­ford to buy ma­te­ri­als for mak­ing the hand­crafts, I re­cy­cle live­stock hide and scrap met­als to make my wares,” Ndawa said.

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