NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – The government has warned traders in lockdown areas of Eastleigh and Mombasa Old Town against hiking commodity prices to exploit locals.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman has described the act as immoral, adding that it is shameful that some are taking a bad situation to profiteer from it.
“These are hard times; many activities have been stopped, gainful economic activities are suffering, but these are sacrifices that each and every one of us must live in,” Aman said.
Aman urged businesses to review their profit margins and reduce them to stand in solidarity to those who are affected.
“Even though you are not registering the profits you were used to, be more considerate as these are not normal times.”
The government put the two towns on a 15-day period on May 6, after the areas reported high numbers of the coronavirus.
Since then, a section of Eastleigh residents have taken to the streets in protest, demanding for relief food from government following restriction of movement in and out of the area.