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Friday, 16 Jun 2017 11:52 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The county government of Nakuru has been challenged to use part of the revenue it collects to put up public toilets within the central business district. Former Mayor to the defunct Nakuru municipality Benson Mwangi Wangai said that it is saddening and a disaster for a town like Nakuru to lack public toilets despite the huge amount of revenue being collected by the county government annually.
Speaking in Nakuru town Mwangi said that with the ever growing population within the Nakuru CBD it was paramount for the county government to ensure that sanitation facilities correspond with the growing population.
“The county government of Nakuru collects between Ksh 3-4 Billion annually but it is saddening to see that the Nakuru CBD has no single public toilet,” said Mwangi.
He said that small scale traders within the CBD are the most affected as their stalls get turned into latrines especially during the night.
“Women operating stalls within the CBD are forced to clean up their stalls every morning before beginning work because most stalls are used as toilets by people who don’t want to pay for toilet services at night,” he said
He wondered how a market like Nasha market which houses over 1000 traders lacks basic necessities like toilets and water adding that it was wrong for the county government to allow traders to operate from an incomplete market.
“It is sad because a market like Nasha market which is within the CBD does not have a single toilet and lacks water and this is something that the county government needs to address,” said Mwangi.
Mwangi who is running for the Nakuru town east parliamentary seat also questioned why stalls were being constructed along schools and hospital walls in contravention of the law
He warned that stalls built along school walls were posing a risk to school children as some traders are likely to supply drugs to them. He called on authorities to take action firm against those behind the construction of such stalls along school walls.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County