The county government of Kisumu has been called to suspend the allocation of stalls in the Uhuru Business Complex as four people are nursing life-threatening machete cuts over the allocations.
Railways ward MCA Sammy Onyango said the intention of the county government through the office of city manager was well intended but has been hijacked by cartels.
Onyango asked Governor Anyang Nyong’o to step in and have the process stopped to start anew.
The city management plans to relocate traders in the streets to the complex which has remained unutilized since it was opened to traders.
The MCA said the genuine traders risk being locked out if the process is not carried out in a proper manner.
“We will soon have people into this market who are not traders who were affected by the relocation plan from the streets,” said Onyango.
He said the Tuesday violence that left four youths with serious cuts came as a result of lack of coordination in the allocation of the stalls.
“As an elected leader I was not involved in this process and I foresee violence at the end of the day. The space is big and with proper planning we can even accommodate affected jua kali artisans,” he said.
Speaking to the press at the complex, Onyango said those with money have taken over the process of putting up stalls which they will lease out on exorbitant costs to the traders.
An affected trader, Laban Omondi, said they have been locked out from the process and blamed cartels for pushing them out.
“The fight we witnessed here is aimed at instilling fear on us,” said Omondi.
Omondi told the acting city manager Abala Wanga to use his position and help the affected traders who risk being locked out from getting spaces for their onward businesses.
The four who were attacked when two rival groups clashed over the re-allocation are admitted at Aga Khan and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in critical condition.
Police who later moved in managed to quell the tempers and dispersed the crowd that was building up.