Traders in the largest vegetable market along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway have expressed their concern over the current status of the facility that attracts hundreds across the country.
With the number of those affected by the Coronavirus on the rise, the traders in Ihindu market in Naivasha called for urgent safety measures by Nakuru County government.
The busy facility that is located off the highway and 20kms from Naivasha is the main source of onions, kales and spinach used in various parts of the country.
On a normal day, the market attracts hundreds of traders buying and farmers selling and buying vegetables mainly to Nairobi and Mombasa.
According to Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja, despite collecting thousands of shillings every day the market did not have water.
He said that traders were been forced to buy water from vendors noting that this could affect plans to contain the spread of the virus.
“I have advised the traders to stop paying any fee to the county government starting next week if the issue of water is not addressed,” he said.
Karanja who donated water drums to be used by the traders for hand washing termed the market as very sensitive due to the number of visitors it served on daily basis.
“This market is next to the highway and attracts traders from all parts of the country and thus the need to address the issue of water and sanitizers,” he said.
One of the traders Margaret Njeri challenged the county to move with haste and fumigate the market to prevent any disease outbreak.
She noted that since the first case of Coronavirus was reported in the county, business was low with traders avoiding the market.
“We are in fear since this disease was confirmed in Kenya and we are calling on the county government to urgently address the issue of water shortage,” she said.
Another trader John Njuguna noted that outsiders were the majority in the market noting that this could lead to the virus been spread to area residents.
He said that they fully supported government’s directives in terms of hand washing and avoiding converging in social places.
“Our biggest worry at the moment is lack of water for customers to use and we hope that thegovernor and his team will move with haste and address this,” he said. https://youtu.be/uGThlb99L4c