Wakulima Market traders light bonfires in demo against high rates

Chaos on Nairobi's Haile Selassie Avenue during a demonstration by Wakulima Market traders against high rates charged by the county, July 12, 2018. /COURTESY
Chaos on Nairobi's Haile Selassie Avenue during a demonstration by Wakulima Market traders against high rates charged by the county, July 12, 2018. /COURTESY

Police fired teargas on Thursday morning

to disperse protesting traders at Wakulima/ Marikiti market in Nairobi.

The demonstration disrupted traffic on the busy Haile Selassie Avenue, where the traders lit bonfires.

They do not want the hefty rates levied by the county government.

Police asked motorists to avoid the area from Gikomba to Railways as the demonstrators also hurled stones at vehicles.

​Chaos on Nairobi's Haile Selassie Avenue during a demonstration by Wakulima Market traders against high rates charged by the county, July 12, 2018. /COURTESY

A fire lit by Wakulima Market traders during their demonstration against high rates by the Nairobi county government, July 12, 2018. /LEWIS NYAUNDI

Chaos on Nairobi's Haile Selassie Avenue during a demonstration by Wakulima Market traders against high rates charged by the county, July 12, 2018. /COURTESY

It was reported in April that high default rates had led to a Sh3 billion drop in revenue collection targets by Nairobi.

According to the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) 2018, local revenue streams have been under-performing over the years.

This has, in turn, affected the internal targets for financial year 2018/19.

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