Traders Protest and Block Thika Super Highway at Roysambu

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Traders have blocked the Thikka SuPer Highway at Roysambu while protesting the move by the Government to demolish  Bulidings that are built on reserve.

HAPPENING NOW: Traders block Thika Superhighway at Roysambu protesting move by government to demolish structures built on reserve.

— Nairobi News (@Nairobi_News) September 4, 2018

Small scale traders at Roysambu area, Nairobi County on Sunday morning woke up to a rude shock of their demolished business structures along the busy Thika Super highway.

It is not clear whether the demolition exercise was carried out by the county government or Kenya Road Authority as it happened in Githurai a week ago.

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One trader, Ms Rose Sigara, who arrived in the morning ready to sell pineapples, could not hide her frustrations.

“We were away when this took place and we wonder why they did not alert us,” she said.

She said that those responsible for the demolition could have worked with the county government to get them an alternative place to operate from.

Her sentiments were echoed by Mr Joshua Otieno who said that the demolition took place with some of his merchandise were in the structures.

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He said for the four years he has operated in the place business has been booming.

“Nobody alerted us about the demolition and that is why I’m mad at whoever did it. We only heard rumours that there was a plan to pull down the structures but no official communication was made to us,” said Mr Otieno.

However, locals welcomed the move saying that the structures were serving as hideouts for criminals at night.

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