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Nyong'o orders revenue collection at all Kisumu markets

Saturday July 11 2020
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A file photo of Jubilee market in Kisumu County. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By ELIZABETH OJINA     

With the partial reopening of the economy as Kenya fights the Covid-19 pandemic, Kisumu County has resumed revenue collection to improve cash flow.

Since the cessation of movement ban was lifted last week, markets and bus parks have become vibrant with business activities.

Kisumu’s Finance and Economic planning executive, George Okong'o, further noted that curfew hours were extended and that the public’s demand for services has increased.

"The governor has issued instructions for the county to resume revenue collection in all markets with immediate effect," he said in a statement on Saturday.

Mr Okong'o said the finance department will deliberate on the charges for Chichwa Market.

"We will put in place a revenue collection mechanism at the new site allocated to public transport (PSVs) in the city," he said.

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In March, Governor Nyong'o ordered closure of all open air markets and suspended market days in line with the social distancing rule for curbing the coronavirus.

The county also complied with orders against social gatherings and closed bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Matatu Owners Association has asked the county to reopen the bus park.

"We are pleading with Kisumu to help the matatu industry by reopening the bus park now that the president has authorised the reopening of the economy," said the association’s Kisumu chair James Ochieng.

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