Clean up our markets
Posted Thursday, June 7 2012 at 20:00
The recent closure of Nairobi’s Burma market due to poor hygiene was inevitable. But Burma’s condition is not unique. It is symptomatic of a bigger national problem. Nearly all markets across the country are in a horrific condition.
Garbage is uncollected, sanitation horrible, buildings dilapidated and unkempt, and disorder reigns.
Not so long ago, Wakulima in Nairobi was in the news for the dubious distinction of hosting multitudes of rats.
Big markets in other towns are in a pathetic condition. Yet, the respective councils collect rates from the traders daily.
Although attempts have been made to rehabilitate or construct new markets in some councils, most of them across the country need a complete overhaul.
For a country seeking to promote small-scale enterprise, this failure is unacceptable. The time has come to spotlight the councils that are charged with managing markets.
They should not be allowed to continue collecting rates if they fail to deliver services.
Public health officials must also ensure that hygienic conditions are maintained in markets at all times.