Wajir politicians told to stop undermining development activities in the area

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Wajir County chairman of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Abdirahman Abdille. PHOTO/SCREENSHOT

By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN

Politicians should desist from interfering in plans to relocate traders to a newly build market in Wajir town the area chairman of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Abdirahman Abdille, has said.

Mr Abdille said some politicians were inciting traders operating from makeshift stalls on road reserves not to move to the new market dubbed Soko Mjinga.

“It has come to my attention that some politicians here in Wajir County are interfering with our plans to relocate vegetable traders to the newly build market and I am asking them to desist from such activities,” the KNCCI official said during the official opening of the market.

Mr Abdille said at this moment when the country was battling the COVID-19 pandemic measures must be put in place to ensure traders operated in a conducive environment in line with government directive on social-distancing.

“It is absurd that at this time when the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic – the disease caused by the coronavirus some individuals are trying to undermine efforts by the national and county governments to contain this pandemic through social-distancing,” he said.

The Wajir KNCCI boss said the chamber was working on different initiatives to improve the welfare of traders in Wajir County and the newly build market was among such projects.

He said the new market provided a safe and clean environment from which the traders can conduct their activities away from the dangers posed by makeshift stalls they were operating from on road reserves.

Mr Abdille asked politician in the county to support programmes being initiated by KNCCI and the county government to improve the welfare of traders instead of trying to sabotage such programmes.

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