Business operations within Murang’a town are back to normalcy after announcement of president elect by the IEBC.
A spot check by KNA revealed that shops among other business premises which were closed in the better part of the election period were open as customers slowly trooped in to get merchandise.
Peter Wanjohi who owns a grocery at Mukuyu open air market decried the loss he incurred for a period of about five days saying there was tension before the IEBC announced the presidential winner.
He lauded local residents for maintaining peace affirming that he is back to business where he sources her livelihood.
“I depend on my grocery and for the days my business remained closed, I could rarely get food for my children. We hope peace will prevail despite some politicians threatening to move to court to protest the election results,” stated Wanjohi.
On his part, Richard Ndirangu who operates a hardware store hoped that the construction industry will soon resume to normalcy decrying low sales during the electioneering period.
“For the last week I have made very few sales. We hope the situation will go back to normal and those engaged in construction resume their work. This will give us an opportunity to sell our merchandise,” he added.
On Wednesday, which is a market day at Mukuyu, traders continued with their businesses as they called the relevant county department to clean and remove garbage which has been piling up.
John Mwaura, a local trader, observed that since the time of election, no one bothered to remove the garbage saying the solid waste puts their lives at risk of contracting diseases.
“Elections are over and we appeal to relevant departments to clean our market. Many people depend on this market but it’s dirty, garbage is piling up almost at every corner of the market. I believe civil servants are supposed to continue with their work despite the governance transition,” posed Mwaura.
Meanwhile a section of Christians and members of the clergy on Wednesday flocked the streets of Kenol town to pray for peace and for the president elect. The church leaders called those who were not contented with the election results to seek legal means instead of inciting their followers.
“We want to call for peace, those who are not contended let them pursue legal measures and ensure they advise their followers to maintain peace. This country needs to move forward peacefully so as to give time for our economy to rise again,” he added.
By Bernard Munyao