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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Business activity slows, owners in election caution

Businesses within the Nairobi Central Business District remained closed a day after the elections, with only a few opening yesterday, amidst fears of disruption.

A small number of matatus were on the road yesterday leaving voters to find their own means of transport to their respective polling stations, and offices. However, the few operating matatus operating for the last two days hiked their commuter fares by double the normal price due to scarcity of commuters.

“We will be working until 5 pm, but close business. We fear that the anxiety may lead to chaos, if not well controlled,” Dominic Njega, a driver with Eastleigh Sacco told the Star. Mary Kaindi, who runs a café along Moi Avenue in the city was on duty on election day. She was confident the elections will be peaceful, as she clung on the promise by Interior Cabinet Secreatary Fred Matiangi, that security has been enhanced across the country.

Supermarkets in the CBD remained closed through Tuesday and some opened yesterday. Speaking to the Star on phone, David Kimani, Managing director of Naivas Supermarkets said their employees got the chance to go and vote, however they resumed normal duties yesterday.

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