Machakos traders are a happy lot after being issued with a 30 day extension to pay their license fees. 

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This follows a meeting between Machakos County Assembly Finance and Revenue Collection Committee and the county revenue department officials.

The meetings agreed to suspend the crackdown for a month. 

Ikalakala Member of County Assembly (MCA) Stephen Mwanthi who heads the assembly's committee told journalists on Wednesday that the decision was reached in a bid to give traders who haven't paid to comply. 

"We have met with county officials on revenue collection and agreed to suspend the crackdown and enforcement of license payment. Traders were being arrested and arraigned in court, we agreed to give them an extension to pay their dues," said Mwanthi. 

The MCA faulted the county for not issuing a notice of arrests and crackdown to the traders. 

"Its good traders to be notified about the deadline and how things will be done instead of catching them unawares," he said while also urging enforcers to conduct the crackdown in a humane manner without harassment and ensure traders are provided with original permits after payment. 

Mwanthi said that after the extension time is over, the county revenue officers will continue with their work as usual. 

He urged traders to take advantage of the extension and pay the money to avoid inconveniences. 

In the past days, traders have been complaining of harassment and arrests by county inspectorate team.  

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