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Is Kajiado town Market a time bomb in the face of COVID-19?

Kitngela Market/ File photo
Kitngela Market/ File photo

Even as the first victim of COVID-9 disease infection left the hospital on Wednesday, April 1, Kajiado is not out of the woods yet.

Brenda Ivy Cherotich made history 23 days ago when she became Kenya’s first infected person infected by the Coronavirus from Ongata Rongai.

The courageous young patriotic Kenyan, Cherotich, took upon herself to get to the nearest government facility after experiencing ailment related to those caused by the disease.

Today in Kajiado town, residents could not believe what they saw with their naked eyes when they visited the town’s market that was filled by traders and customers to the brim.

Eyewitnesses, some working with the county government, expressed dismay that the county government of Kajiado is not serious about the spread of COVID-19.

“We squeezed ourselves into that market as some county askaris looked at the commotion at the main market’s entry. Nobody bothered about directing those in the market to keep the social distancing,” said Jane Gitau.

 Gitau said when she went to the market today, hundreds of traders and customers were already in the market, and she found it impossible for her to squeeze into it.

“When will our Kajiado town be saved from this exposure to Coronavirus disease? When I looked at the way innocent women and old people mingling, I almost shade tears because I was certain that none of them knows exactly what they are exposing themselves to,” said Gitau.

KCB Grounds

She suggests that the county government should relocate traders from the old small market in the centre of the CBD and take them to the expansive KCB grounds.

The KCB grounds, that has been fenced, she says, has three gates which will provide a free flow of people with the required one-metre social distancing.

The market day in Kajiado which takes place every Wednesday attracts traders from Nairobi, Kiambu, and Machakos.

Already, Nairobi county has been named the worst notorious area in the country where COVID-19 disease has manifested itself, and yet the local county government has failed to see.

As seen today in the market, traders and customers mixed freely as others hugged each other. 

Those who went to the market claimed not a single person was spotted with a mask. Others claimed there were no water tanks for hand-washing.

Another resident claimed Nakuru town has already moved its market to Afraha Stadium, which is big and spacious to reduce the spread of the infection.

 

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