TSIMBA- Golini Member of County Assembly has disputed claims that he discriminated against Somali communities in his ward in a statement he made during Jamhuri celebration.
Simba was quoted in the press saying that County government officials are planning to hike rents for the new market stalls at Kwale town to lock out local traders and give them to rich traders, which he denied.
His sentiment was reportedly echoed by a trader Naomi Joseph who allegedly said the county officials have already set aside the market stalls for Somali traders.
Mr. Simba however said he will not allow non-locals or outsiders to benefit from the stalls at the expense of local traders in the area.
Late December last year, Simba met Somali community representatives in his area and assured them they are among the local traders he was referring to.
‘I am saddened by information in the media that I have discriminated against the Somali on the issue surrounding new market stalls project in my area. It is not true and statement about Somali traders was not mine,” he said.
According to Simba, t the Somali Community has the rights to benefit from the stalls since they also contribute to the revenue of the county.
“I will not be a leader who incites locals because of leadership. Somali should feel they are home and conduct business without fear. They have the rights to get loans from the county government like other traders which they don’t get,” he said.
He also said the Somali traders also have the rights of being in the Kwale town market committee.
“I will follow up the issue of loans in the county government and ensure you benefit because that s your right,” he said.
Somali spokesperson in Kwale County Haji Jobez said that Somali traders in the area have invested over Sh400 million from cattle keeping in the area.
“We are discriminated because we are not in trade committee and investment promotion committee of Kwale County and now we want to be in those committees,” he said.