Scores of kiosk operators in the sprawling Witeithie ward in Juja sub-county of Kiambu county will any time from now be rendered jobless after the county government declared that it will pull down all structures erected the streets
Announcing the decision, area MCA Julius Macharia Taki said the affected people will not be issued with any further notice. He said they had been given 3 notice to demolish their structures but had decided to ignore the notices.
“We are not going to be hindered in upgrading our streets by uncooperative elements.
We have given the enough time to move out but they have ignored our humble gesture,” said Taki.
He added,” even if this will cost me my seat, I will not relent in providing the much need street network to open up our fast-growing ward.”
He said it was unfortunate that after people operating business on Business Street were asked remove their structures to pave way to the construction of a sewer line by KenHA, they have re-elected the makeshifts. Juja sub-county administrator Selina Muriithi told the operators to remove the same because the county government will deploy heavy machine and staff to demolish the structures without further notice.
Some of the structure owners operate butcheries ,shops, barbershops, salons and mpesa joints and food kiosks among other businesses. The operators will incur heavy loses amounting to millions of shillings. Contacted for comments, the traders opted to stay mum and expressed a wait and see attitude.
Muriithi who was accompanied by area acting administrator Peter Mbuthia told those involved to take the warning seriously.
“Am not a joker. People will know how I operate after the execution of the demolition. “If you sleep in those structures you will find yourself loaded on lorry together with the mangled structures and property,” she warned.