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Covid-19 Inequality: Central Kenya Fired Up, As Other Places Locked Down

Good evening,

Thanks for standing to be counted as a force for good.

I wish to request you to highlight a story on defiance of the government’s directive against social proximity of persons in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Traders from gachie, Ndenderu, city park market and sorrounding environs have converted Mutati road in highridge, Parklands (next to diamond plaza) into a temporary open-air market.

The vendors operate there from as early as 4am every Tuesday and Friday effectively inconveniencing motorists and residents alike.

The residents reported the matter to Nairobi City Inspectorate last Friday, but they only came to the site to collect bribes and left shortly thereafter.

Remember this is a public Access road in a residential area.

Inequality In Time of Coronavirus

A Twitter User recently observed the inequality of the lockdown during the age of coronavirus. He obsevwrd that as other areas in Kenya are forcefully shut down, Central Kenya continues to operate.

This includes its open air markets.

“In most of Thika Road, and most of Central Kenya counties, markets remain open both for farm produce and secondary goods. Same can be seen in areas outside central but where the main players in commerce are Mt. Kenya diaspora. This Mt. Kenya ‘economic caution’ is perhaps the reason the country remains still open despite all the ‘lockdown talk’. Pres. Uhuru has been very deliberate in avoiding hurried shutdown, which tallies with the general response by leaders of his Mt. Kenya region. When this is over, the resulting economic inequalities and poverty will most definitely follow the same pattern. Regions that shut down commerce with attendant highhandedness and arrogance will be more affected than regions that allowed a level of commerce to thrive”, he wrote.

Kenya’s inequality is schewed in favor of the tribe in power.

There are many videos in my inbox about the ‘life going on as usual in Central Kenya’. The below one is captioned by the Nairobi happenings.


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