Sand trans­porters protest against levy, block road

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Sand trans­porters yes­ter­day blocked the Mai Mahiu-Limuru road, dis­rupt­ing traf­fic for five hours, to protest against charges by the Nakuru gov­ern­ment.

They said the charges are il­le­gal . On Tues­day last week they trans­porters ob­tained a court or­der stop­ping the county gov­ern­ment from en­forc­ing the levy.

Early in the week, Fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive Ann Njenga said the county has lost more than Sh10 mil­lion fol­low­ing the dis­pute.

A trader who de­clined to be named ac­cused the county gov­ern­ment of ig­nor­ing the court or­der and en­forc­ing the levy.

“The court stopped the county from col­lect­ing any roy­al­ties from sand trans­porters, but they have de­fied this, lead­ing to the cur­rent im­passe,” he said.

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