filthy city markets raise health worries

Tonnes of garbage at the markets poses a serious health risk to Kenyans

The garbage menace in the country's markets dates back to many years of inefficiency that has dotted the management of cities and urban dwellings. Even with the plastic bags ban, the situation has grown from bad to worse as more entities charged with waste management slumber away. As this happens, the markets remain filthy hence posing health hazards to those living in the adversely affected areas. Filth in markets is a product of poor waste disposal practices as authorities are yet to find a nexus between waste collection, recycling, and reuse of the same.

Cart transporters pour in garbage collected from inside Nairobi's Marikiti market on February 28/ CHARLENE MALWA

Cart transporters pour in garbage collected from inside Nairobi's Marikiti market on February 28/ CHARLENE MALWA

Garbage pilled up at Nairobi's Marikiti market on February 28, 2020. Locals appeal to the county government to take up the matter./ CHARLENE MALWA

Garbage pilled up at Nairobi's Marikiti market on February 28, 2020. Locals appeal to the county government to take up the matter./ CHARLENE MALWA

A food vendor at Nairobi's Marikiti market passing by a dump of trash on February 28, 2020. Food hawking remains despite the obvious health hazards.

/ CHARLENE MALWA

/ CHARLENE MALWA

Stacks of mangoes piled up at Marikiti Market in Nairobi on January 27, 2020. Traders complain of lack of market, bad weather and the poor state of the market for the situation. They say this is the worst season ever experienced due to the economy.

/ CHARLENE MALWA

/ CHARLENE MALWA

The poor state of Marikiti that Nairobi traders have to put up with while selling foodstuff on January 27, 2020

/ CHARLENE MALWA

/ CHARLENE MALWA

Traders selling food stuffs next to a dump site in Kangemi Market Stage on February 24, 2020.

/MERCY MUMO

/MERCY MUMO

A man carries a bunch of sukumawiki at Kongowea market in Mombasa on March 8, 2020

/JOHN CHESOLI

/JOHN CHESOLI

Kibuye market traders in Kisumu go about their normal business just beside pile of garbage.

/DANIEL OGENDO

/DANIEL OGENDO

Maize traders at Kongowea market in Mombasa on March 8, 2020.

/JOHN CHESOLI

/JOHN CHESOLI

Traders display their goods next to a county government garbage disposal cubicle at the Soko Mjinga market in Nyeri town on March 7, 2020.

/EUTYCAS MUCHIRI

/EUTYCAS MUCHIRI