Kisii traders edgy amid planned Saba Saba protests

Business went on as usual albeit cautiously even though no protester turned up.

In Summary
  • Lorry loads of officers in riot gear were spotted patrolling Kisii town by 3pm in the afternoon.
  • At the Capital roundabout within Kisii town, vendors remained apprehensive for the better part of Sunday in anticipation of Saba Saba demos.
It's business as usual in Kisii after planned Saba Saba protests failed to take off on Sunday, July 7, 2024.
It's business as usual in Kisii after planned Saba Saba protests failed to take off on Sunday, July 7, 2024.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Police in Kisii intensified security patrols across the county ahead of the anticipated Saba Saba protests on Sunday.

Lorry loads of officers in riot gear were spotted patrolling Kisii town by 3pm in the afternoon.

But even then, no protester had turned up as heavy clouds covered the sky signaling rainfall. 

Traders said failure by the protesters to turn up gave them room to do business albeit cautiously.

A dealer told journalists the looting of her shop was traumatising.

"Nobody wants to relive the events to that day. It may help little whether I talk or not," she said.

A trader in Kisii town on Sunday on day Saba Saba protests were expected, July 7, 2024.
A trader in Kisii town on Sunday on day Saba Saba protests were expected, July 7, 2024.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Evans Mogute who lost his entire stock to looters during last Tuesday's protests said already they have suffered significant losses to the string of anti-government protests.

He asked those who plan and fund the demos to be sensitive to the plight of traders.

"Nobody has helped me, I only picked this fresh stock on debt from my supplier and any further protests and looting would ground me completely," he told the Star on Sunday.

The trader said he lost dozens of caps and the President's portraits.

Also smashed were mirrors which put a dent on his pocket amounting to thousands of shillings.

He claimed the President's portraits he was selling on the day of the protests angered a section of the demonstrators who descended on his wares with fury.

"I recovered nothing by the time they had left," he said.

At the Capital roundabout within Kisii town, vendors remained apprehensive for the better part of Sunday in anticipation of Saba Saba demos.

Some traders had lost their wares, mostly phones, were yet to re-open their shops.

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