Nairobi News


Traffic gridlock as traders clash with suppliers at City Park market

Traders blocked the busy Limuru Road on Tuesday morning to protest a move by suppliers to sell their vegetables directly to customers.

Morning commuters were stranded on the road as the two groups clashed from around 5.30am.

The irate traders demanded for the eviction of suppliers from a  football pitch next to the market where they have been selling their vegetables directly to customers.

A representative of the traders, Kimani Njunguna, told Nairobi News on phone that the suppliers are supposed to be offloading their goods and selling it exclusively to the vendors.

“City Park market is a retail market where traders are supposed to be supplied by the suppliers and they (suppliers) leave, not stay and sell their produce directly,” said Mr Kimani.

He said the suppliers have been selling their vegetables to customers at wholesale price just next to the market.

He added that it is only in Wakulima market in Nairobi where suppliers are allowed to sell directly to customers at wholesale prices.

“The suppliers are selling us carrots at sh30, they do the same to the customers. We can not work like that yet we are paying licenses to the county,”said Mr Kimani.

Efforts to reach the county executive on trade for comment where futile as the phone went unanswered