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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 19:12 GMT 20:12 UK
Mombasa's stinking streets
A Mombasa street scene
Stench may drive tourists away
City council workers in Mombasa, Kenya, have literally taken their strike action to the streets by dumping heaps of rubbish all over the coastal city.

The workers, who say they owed three months unpaid wages, have also dumped a dead goat and piles of rubbish inside the city hall.


We shall not resume work until the Mayor and his entire council are removed and a commission set up to run the council

Striking worker

Reuters news agency said that since their strike began last week the workers have been engaged in running battles with police but have pledged to continue their litter war until their salaries are paid.

It said tour operators have begun to avoid the city centre. One of them Tasneem Adamji said: "It is disgusting. " We are taking our clients shopping in a safer part of town."

More strikes

One City Council employee said:" We shall not resume work until the mayor and his entire council are removed and a commission is set up to run the council."

According to Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper the Local Government minister Joseph Kamotho has promised to pay the salary arrears, but called on them to return to work.

The paper said that some of the council's clinics in Mombasa were closed as nurses joined the strike.

The report also said that fire fighters have also taken industrial action.

Meanwhile, there has been no teaching on the campuses of Moi University in the western Kenyan town of Eldoret for a second day in continued strike action by lecturers.

Hundreds of them had gone on strike as a result of a dispute over a new housing allowance scheme.

See also:

25 Jul 01 | Africa
Timeline: Kenya
29 Apr 00 | Africa
Kenya Uganda trade talks
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