Youths clash over control of Public Toilet in Naivasha

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Two groups clashed over the control of public toilet in Naivasha town, Kenya, causing business to be temporarily paralysed.

During the incident at the Kinangop bus terminus, it was gathered that some of the youths were injured and others arrested as the facility was closed down.

The control of the toilet that is used at a fee ofSh10 by residents has attracted the interest of various lenders over the cash collected every day.

Viwandani MCA Mwangi Muraya who led one of the groups alleged that the term for the current group had expired and that they should move out.

He said that the new group had all the required documents issued by the county adding, that some matatu operators had interest in the facility.

“This toilet is meant to benefit the area youths but some matatu leaders want to take advantage of the situation and we shall not allow this,” he said.

But the leader of the warring group Andrew Opiyo lashed out at the MCA for using his position to “oppress” them.

He denied that they had the support of some matatu leaders adding they had a three-year contract with the county government to run the toilet.

“We have a court order empowering us to run this toilet until the pending dispute is heard and determined and the MCA should respect that,” he said.

The Naivasha Matatu Sacco chairman Stephen Mungai however denied that they were supporting one of the groups in the control of the toilet.

“We don’t have any interest in the control of this toilet but we are asking the county askaris to stop harassing these youths through arrests and to respect court orders,” he said.