Small business scale traders in Siaya County have strongly protested against plans by the County government of Siaya to demolish their temporary business premises to pave way for new business structures.
The traders led by their chairman Hilary Oduor today expressed their grievance saying the notice was too short and wondered where the county government expect them to vacate to continue with their businesses.
They say they are not going to allow any form of frustrations since it is the county government that owes them money that they had paid for ground rent and business permit that they are operating on.
They Oduor maintained that they will not hold any talks with the County government unless the enforcement notice is revoked first.
Siaya Town ship Ward MCA James Obiero Otare who attended the traders meeting in Siaya town maintained that the county government ought to have consulted with the traders instead of rushing into plans geared at oppressing traders
He stated that they are not opposing the move to beautify Siaya and other towns within Siaya County but the county government should also consider the plight of traders who are the greatest tax payers in the County.
Michael Ochieng from Chambers of Commerce Siaya that protects the interest of traders, assured of their support to the traders by hiring a lawyer to represent their interest and fight for their rights.
This comes after the County government of Siaya released an enforcement notice dated 29th November 2017 that require all business persons with temporary structures to remove them within a period of 14 days.
The letter notices that were distributed to the traders requires them to demolish all their structures failure to which Siaya County government will take up legal means against those who will defy the notice.