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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Mutura meat dealers to pay through the nose

Over 600 traders from Juja in Kiambu county stormed the CDF office of Juja MP Francis Munyua to protest the hiking of their business licences by Kiambu county government.
The irate traders paralysed business at the office forcing Munyua to come out of his office and hear their grievances.
The trader led by their chairman said their licence fee had been doubled. They said last year a Thika court ruled that the county government had overcharged them and ordered the government to refund excess fee.
Instead of refunding the money, the traders and the county government agreed that instead they would not pay licence fee. But the traders are now being harassed by council askaris and APs demanding this year’s licences.
When some of them went to pay their licence ahead of end of this month’s deadline they found that licence fee had been doubled despite an assurance by Kiambu county governor William Kabogo that licence fee would be reduced.
Mitura sellers had their licence hiked from Sh2,800 to Sh4,600.
Mary Ndung’u paid Sh7,700 up from Sh3,800 for her small shop. She was issued with a receipt and told to wait for licence. Sarah Gichuhi closed her motorcycle spare parts stall after she was unable to pay her licence for Sh14,000 up from Sh4,800
Munyua told the traders not to pay the exorbitant licence fees. He said suspected county officers were using ‘fake’ receipts.  He wondered why traders were issued with receipts and denied licence. County public service and administration could not be reached for comment.
He said Kabogo’s government was killing the common man. He asked Juja subcounty AP commandant Patrick Nyaaga to give marching orders to a senior cop at Gachororo AP camp who was accused by the traders of extorting money from them.
Dennis Chege said the officer had extorted Sh8,000 form him for selling CDs the accused officer vehemently denied the allegations
Nyaaga said he had received complaints from the traders. He promised to investigate the matter prior to taking action.
Juja subcounty administrator Peter Mbuthia asked the traders to select three representatives air their grievance during next Tuesday’s public participation forum to discuss this year’s financial bill.
He said the forum was very crucial as it will chart the way forward for the financial bill. The traders appointed three representatives to present them in the forum. Munyua was flanked by his PA Gerald Kagumo and CDF manager Ken Ngumba.