Nairobi losing billions due to protests, MCAs state
Calls to end the ongoing anti-government protests intensified yesterday after Nairobi MCAs yesterday said the current situation has made the county lose revenue amounting to billions of shillings.
Minority leader Anthony Kiragu (pictured) said since the demonstrations began the county has lost over Sh20 billion. “The situation is getting worse almost every day. People no longer open their businesses. The reality is that Nairobi is suffering the most. These demos should be stopped as soon as possible,” said Kiragu.
Kiragu said with the protests, the cost of living has continued to sky-rocket at a time Kenyans are still struggling to put a meal on the table. “If you walk around Nairobi, most families are actually sleeping hungry. People don’t go to work because of fear of being attacked. People can’t even do casual jobs. If we are careful, the crime rate will even increase,” he warned.
Last week, Governor Johnson Sakaja said daily revenue collections dropped drastically following the protests that hugely affected Nairobi’s Central Business District. “I’ll still appeal that we need a solution,” Governor Sakaja said. “The protests witnessed yesterday in Nairobi and other towns need a resolution.”
Kiragu urged Azimio leader Raila Odinga to ignore his co-principals Martha Karua and Kalonzo Musyoka alleging that the two were the hardliners in the opposition camp.On his part, minority whip Mark Mugambi said the Kenya Kwanza administration should not be blamed for the ongoing hard times.