It was business unusual in Nairobi’s Burma market as traders protested the increase in market charges by the city council.
Police who stepped in to calm the situation were forced to lobby teargas in the air to disperse the angry traders who had downed their tools.
Speaking to the media, the traders noted that the current fee per carcass has increased from Ksh 150 to Ksh 300 as indicated by a notice issued by the city council.
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They continued by saying that in addition to the increase, the head, intestines and skin of the cow will now be charged separately.
The Burma Market traders complained over the already high cost of purchasing a cow from the reserve areas where they are charged, pay transport charges and again county charges to take the cow inside the market.
The incident comes barely a day after Governor Johnson Sakaja banned roadside hawking in the CBD effective Thursday 26th October 2023.
Speaking after meeting the hawkers leadership, the Governor said the move is meant to protect everyone as the county government now allocate working hours within the CBD.