Traders Up In Arms over Insecurity in Eldoret Town

Traders Up In Arms over Insecurity in Eldoret Town

A section of traders in Eldoret town has raised concerns over rising insecurity in the area.

Led by the Uasin Gishu Hawkers Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) chairman John Wamwaki, the traders lament that the rising insecurity was scaring away their customers.

In a media briefing in Eldoret town, Wamwaki named the Eldoret Yellow Line as an area worst hit by the situation.

“This area is a no-go zone past 6 PM. There are rampant cases of people’s phones being snatched, and several shops have been broken into at night leading to loss of over millions for the traders,” noted the Uasin Gishu SACCO chairman.

“We have lost many customers who are now afraid of coming to us because of this situation that needs to be addressed urgently,” he added.

Uasin Gishu Hawkers SACCO chairman John Wamwaki.

The traders are now calling on the security team in the county to convene a meeting with them so as to address the insecurity challenge.

“We have been hit hard by Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed by the government and it won’t be okay for insecurity to further affect our businesses. This issue must be addressed,’ Wamwaki noted.

Similar sentiments were shared by other traders who said the insecurity challenge was putting them at risk of losing their only source of livelihood.

“Security level has been so low. We depend on these businesses for our livelihoods and this situation is worsening everything. This is a CBD but insecurity is high, yet we have a police station just 2 kilometers away,” lamented, Ben Nginge, a trader in the area.

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