- “The local legislator has refused to recognize the bonafide officials at the market and he has instead been working with imposters,” officials say.
- They claim that out of the KSh2 million given out by Ruto, only KSh 700,000 was distributed to the traders.
A section of Kongowea Market traders in Mombasa County now claims that it is yet to receive their share of the KSh2 million Deputy President William Ruto promised them during his visit last week.
According to DP Ruto, the money was meant to cushion bodaboda operators, mama mbogas and other Small and medium-seized enterprises from the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by chairperson Richard Nyang’olo, the traders allege that the person tasked with distributing the money among them instead vanished into thin air. They further claim that maybe the ‘generous promise’ was only but a political gimmick.
The Kongowea market is home to over 10,000 traders most of whom rely on their businesses to make ends meet.
According to Nyang’olo, only KSh700,000 out of the KSh2 million given out by DP Ruto has been distributed to the traders.
While speaking to the press on Sunday, Nyang’olo – flanked by the market patron Philip Sammy and market committee member Millicent Odudo said the money was distributed when most of the traders had left the market.
“The purported officials had sidelined the bonafide market officials with the intention to embezzle the money and we therefore want the KSh1.2 million recovered from the cartel. Some traders at some sections of the market were given KSh5000 out of the total amount of Sh 2 million,”he says, adding “some traders were to receive KSh100 and others KSh50 which is an insult to them.”
The market patron lauded the DP for his frequent visits at the market but he sympathized with him for the incident in which the money meant for the traders ended up in the wrong hands.
Sammy said those who attended the rally at the market were people brought in from outside with a hidden agenda.
“The local legislator has refused to recognize the bonafide officials at the market and he has instead been working with imposters,” he pointed out.