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Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:41 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The county government of Nakuru is considering lowering license fees for a section of small scale traders including persons living with disabilities in order to enable them uplift their livelihoods, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said.
Speaking after touring the Nakuru town central business district, Mr Mbugua said that the consideration may include scrapping license fees for special case small scale traders altogether. He said that it was no longer logical for instance to charge license fees to hawkers who can hardly sell a bucket of watermelon or oranges in a day.
The governor said such traders needed incentives from the county government if they are to expand their businesses. He pledged to support individual traders according to their needs adding that it was only through this way that traders can be able to boost each other through small merry go round groups popularly known as chamas.
The county boss hinted that through the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, his government will, after approval by the Controller of Budget, release Sh1 million to each of the 55 wards in order to assist persons with disabilities. He expressed optimism that the funds will go a long way in enabling the targets groups to establish businesses from which they can make a living.
During the meet the people tour, the governor handed over Sh100,000 pledge he made to Peter Kariuki, a disabled person who during the Churchil Live Show in Nakuru Town over the weekend said that his wish was to expand his business. Mr Kariuki operates a weighing machine business along Mburu Gichua Road in the town where he charges Sh10 per person per weighing session.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County