EMBU, Kenya, MARCH 12, 2020 – Grounded fire engines and the regular fire outbreaks razing down business premises have angered traders in Embu town owing to the huge losses they incur.
The traders on Thursday morning descended on businesses owned by area Governor Martin Wambora where they looted and vandalised shops, including some owned by the county chief.
As if that was not enough the traders also pelted Mr. Wambora’s car with stones as they vented their anger over grounded fire engines which lay idle as fire razed down their businesses.
A raging fire broke out at 3 am on Thursday but the county’s un-serviced fire-fighting vehicles were of no help, sparking fury among traders who watched their goods worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Anti-riot police officers had to be deployed to disperse the angry residents who blamed the county for the un-serviced fire engines.
Transport was paralyzed Thursday morning after protestors barricaded key road, namely Embu-Nairobi, Embu-Machakos and Embu-Meru highways. As at 1 pm Thursday, the fire had not yet been contained.
The cause of the raging inferno has not been established.
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