Kenyan traders counting massive losses after opposition supporters cancel orders for 'Resist' merchandise

The move comes after NASA called off the 'swearing in' of Raila Odinga.

The business men based in down town Nairobi have now been left stranded with the materials after customers cancelled orders following the calling off of the Opposition leader's planned inauguration.

“Everything was going right until the announcement by Mudavadi. We have made huge losses,” Ken Aol told local newspaper The Nairobian. Aol was due to make deliveries to Kisumu, Kakamega and Busia. He however bemoaned the postponement saying customers are not picking his calls or making any commitments on when to collect and pay for the orders.

Kennedy Ogari, another trader based in Nairobi, has been forced to halve the price after some of his clients abandoned him with the materials after the cancellation. This despite receiving big orders from Kisii, Migori and Mombasa.

He is however hopeful that Raila will be sworn in and give his business a good break.

“I hope Baba won’t take long before he is sworn in. Failure to do so will be a big disappointment to his supporters,” he said.

NASA supporters have been dejected by the postponement of Raila's inauguration with some threatening to withdraw their support for the opposition party if a new date is not fixed for the event.

The Resist merchandise has been popular with opposition supporters, with a cap going for Sh500, and a T-shirt for between Sh1,500 and Sh2,000, depending on the material. A full combat RESIST gear goes for Sh5,000.

The NASA outfit called off the controversial swearing in of Mr. Odinga that was scheduled for Jamhuri Day.

While making the announcement last Sunday, Mr. Mudavadi said the postponement was reached following "extensive internal consultations and engagement with a wide range of national and international interlocutors."

He said the opposition would announce a new date for the swearing-in and launch of the people’s assembly later.

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