Loitokitok-Market-Eviction

Few months after residents of Illasit got to know that the open air market isn’t really theirs, Loitokitok traders may sadly suffer the same peril. This comes after a bulldozer showed up on Saturday 21st May 2016 and traders were told to vacate before Monday 23rd May 2016 or their trading kiosks and stalls will be demolished.

A woman sits on a bulldozer that was to demolish her stall
A woman sits on a bulldozer that was to demolish her stall in case she never evicted.

Rumors are that the beacons in the market are owned by the Late Saitoti, Ole Sing’aru and one other individual and that the truck is not owned by the county council. It is also alleged that the MCA knew nothing about the issue despite being in close contact with the council and has gone to inquire to the DC about the demolitions.

Remnants of stalls trash the area opposite Oilibya Petrol Station
Remnants of stalls trash the area opposite Oilibya Petrol Station

There is an existing wall-enclosed and gated Loitokitok market that was under construction but has not been officially opened yet. Traders claim that the facility is too small to accommodate a quarter of the traders. The market was temporarily shifted to near Osotua building as the current one was being constructed.

The enclosed Loitokitok market painted in blue
The enclosed Loitokitok market painted in blue

There is tension and confusion in Loitokitok town as traders erect stalls and kiosks around matatu stages. The funny thing is that after we highlighted about the heap of trash around Loitokitok that was later collected and a “NO DUMPING” poster erected, the evicted traders pulled down the notice and erected their stalls as they need to hustle for means of livelihood.

A Heap of rubbish near the Loitokitok transformer
A Heap of rubbish near the Loitokitok transformer
Stalls erected near the heap that was collected at the electricity transformer
Stalls erected near the heap that was collected at the electricity transformer

The traders were given a very short notice to evict and their helpless selves could not resist but abide. Their helpless selves could do no less than look for other means to sustain the needs of the hungry stomachs at home by erecting their kiosks and stalls elsewhere. It is with this that I plead with your Mr. Governor, Kajiado South residents are the most peaceful residents I know, with all this, they have not caused chaos, they have not blocked roads or burnt tires, they have not looted the wares of those with shops or vandalized motorists’ cars. They have remained calm and alert awaiting your action.

I am not a trader but most of my family members sell their wares at this market. They have children to fend for and take to school, they have clothes to buy, they have needs to meet and by the council robbing off their means of livelihood in no time, they become more less of beggars who regret electing leaders who they thought that would help them. It is not bad to evict persons to erect something new or do something of beneficial to the land, but it is bad to evict them in no time without prior and due notice. Mr Governor, kindly see to it that these same people who put you to power are sorted and their rights are protected.

Tomorrow is a market day. Your immediate action will help tons of residents. Thanks a bunch Mr. Governor.

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