Most businesses in Thika town remained shut on Friday following repeat of presidential elections held on Thursday that forced most of them to close for the exercise.
Although few supermarkets within the busy town were open, they had few shoppers while most public vehicle operators decried lack of passengers.
A spot check by People Daily in most hotels, business stalls and private hospitals further established few presence of Thika inhabitants. For instance, a vehicle that takes 2 minutes for passengers to board took over 10 minutes as passengers were few.
According to a few residents roaming in the town on Friday, most voters who had moved upcountry had not resumed to work and were awaiting results of the polls.
“Most of the voters who moved upcountry are yet to resume work. Most are either broke due to the economic challenges that Kenya is facing. Many are also fearing tension in the country but we hope that normalcy will resume in at least two weeks,” said Ann Nyambura, a businesses lady.
Most companies operating within the town were closed with only gatemen being seen operating.
Thika district business association chairman Alfred Wanyoike lamented that most businesses were suffering losses over the political impasse in the county.
He said that “establishment of a militia group by NASA in the name of resistant movement” was a threat to investors and would lead to loss of more jobs as investors would keep off establishing their businesses in a politically instable environment
“Most businesses here will probably resume operations on Monday next week after a clarity on the next move by the country is sought. Most of my members fear that should normalcy not be sought fast, businesses will collapse,” he said.