It has been a tough two months for traders at the populous Muthurwa Market in Nairobi County of Kenya, what with having to endure the discomfort of working next to a mountain of garbage.
Their pleas to the Nairobi County Council for redemption from the eyesore, not to mention the stench and threat to their own and customers' health has been falling on deaf ears.
When contacted about the menace, the county office levelled all the blame on an undisclosed private company that was contracted to undertake garbage collection. They also disclosed that said company had been paid quite a tidy sum of money three days prior to being questioned, which exenorates the county office, cleanly.
Regardless of who is to blame about the filthy situation, something needs to be done about the garbage dump, and fast. The dump accumulates on a daily basis because the garbage is made of fresh produce which decomposes fast. This is posing a serious threat to not only the fresh produce vendors, but every one else who passes through the market.
It is an epidemic in the making. The whole place is full of maggots and huge flies that hatch from said maggots. The stench is also dangerous to inhale on a regular basis, for the trades within the market, and the customers they serve.
Here is hoping that someone somewhere does their job to literally save the lives of Nairobians.