Traders in Mukiriti Market in Thika are calling on Kiambu County Government to help clean up the market claiming that the moulds of garbage were posing a major health risk, not only to them but also to their customers. They situation at the market had been compounded by the lack of waste bins.

 “Thika is a developed town and we don’t expect this kind of laxity. We are calling on Kiambu governor and his team to add us more litter bins to cater for the increased number of traders and buyers. We need a clean environment,’’ said Milcah Wanjiru.

“Look at that, this is a shame and a blow to us. In fact, this can really cost us if the December rains find the place in this state. We care about our health and that is why we pay levies for services like garbage collection.. We don’t want to suffer from cholera and typhoid. Kabogo should wake up,’ added John Kugwa.

However, an official from the county alleged that most of this garbage had been dumped by rogue people at night.
“Most of the garbage you’ve been shown by traders is usually dumped at night in different places when the county council officers are away. This makes our work difficult as a county since there are designated places for dumping of litter,” said Hildah Wangechi from the county Rates department.

She added that plans are underway to put up more garbage bins in the town and markets to improve hygiene.