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October 22, 2017

Business on despite scarcity of basic items

A man fills a bottle with Kerosene in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 10, 2017. REUTERS
A man fills a bottle with Kerosene in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 10, 2017. REUTERS

A shortage of basic commodities has hit parts of Nairobi as vote counting in the just concluded elections got into its second day.

In Roysambu, Umoja, Mathare North and parts of Westlands, fresh milk remained scarce since last week. Prices of tomatoes have been hiked in some of these areas, with one tomato selling for Sh15 from five to seven shillings.

According to Alex Omondi, a resident of Umoja, the scarcity has largely been affected by the ongoing vote counting activities as most people involved in the business were in one way or the other agents of political contestants.

“We are currently buying two tomatoes at Sh20. Sukumawiki is not in supply, and only long life milk is available in shops,” Maria Kiasu, a resident of Roysambu told the Star.

A spot check in a number of supermarkets in the CBD, showed most shelves are empty while some had less supply of vegetables and milk.

Attendants at Naivas, Westlands branch said most people bought vegetables and milk products in bulk on Monday, on election eve.

In Mathare North, parts of Kangemi and Kibera, a few businesses resumed normal operations after quick response by security forces in handling demonstrations in the areas.

“Most people who own these businesses travelled upcountry and are not back, hence the absence of normalcy and slow business activities,” Julius oluoch from Mathare North told the Star.

 In Kangemi for instance, a few shops were open yesterday but lacked basic commodities such as bread and milk. Residents of Pipeline confirmed that businesses in the area have not closed but only that few are operating.

A stall operator at Highway Mall along Mombasa road, Alice Ngang’a, who resumed duty yesterday said most of her colleagues have said they will resume work after the presidential results are announced. 




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