- Majority of the hawkers moved from Eastleigh, Ruiru, Kayole and Githurai during the campaigns.
- The hawkers refused to rent out stalls at Moi Market opting for the cheaper option of laying their wares on Thika streets.
Hundreds of Moi Market traders in Thika Town have demonstrated over the allocation of a leisure garden located in the town centre to hawkers who flooded the town since Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was declared the Jubilee Party prior to the August 8 election.
The traders argued that subdividing a leisure garden and giving the space to hawkers was wrong and probably a hidden ploy to convert a section of Mama Ngina gardens into private property.
They also said the beneficiaries did not deserve to be allocated space to do business since majority of them moved from Eastleigh, Ruiru, Kayole and Githurai during the campaigns season when no one would question them.
Daniel Mburu Muchiri, a trader, said Moi Market has many unoccupied stalls which the hawkers had refused to rent out opting for the cheaper option of laying their wares on Thika streets and in the process blocking customers from accessing shops within the town.
"We have over 1,000 unoccupied stalls in Mukiriti, these hawkers should join us and rent out space as we do. We can accommodate them before (Governor) Waititu sets up the larger open air market he promised us recently," said Mburu.
On Sunday night, unknown people subdivided half of Mama Ngina gardens into small 300 plots of 10 by 10 metres and allotted them to the said hawkers.
The boundaries marked with chalk could be seen on Monday morning complete with numbers as per the list of the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries on the other hand said that Moi market traders were demonstrating over fears of losing out their customers to them.
However, they complained that they would not all fit in the garden since they were more than the available space.