Drama in Naivasha as garbage collecting traders storm Sub-County offices to protest harassment by county officers

There was drama at the Naivasha sub-county offices after irate traders involved in garbage collection stormed the institution to protest harassment .

The over 100 traders and their staff accused the county officers of taking sides and supporting a splinter group in the multi-million sector.

Trouble started on Thursday afternoon after the county security team detained a lorry belonging to one of the traders after allegedly operating in an area allocated to another person.

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According to one of the protesters Peter Muchinah, the issue of garbage collection had been politicized with the county officers supporting one side.

He said that they were the brains behind garbage collection adding that they would not allow the county officers to interfere with their work.

“We shall camp in these offices until the governor intervenes as some county officers have openly taken sides in this business,” he said.

According to the county director of environment Timothy Mureithi, the infighting between the companies involved in garbage collection was a major concern to the county.

He said that there were six registered companies collecting garbage in the town but an influx of others had affected the business.

“The county had contracted six companies to collect garbage in the town, two have since pulled out due to threats and we have tens of others that are operating illegally,” he said.

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