Every day, tens of Muguka ferrying probox arrive in Kitui Town, the biggest market in Kitui Central Subcounty, laden with muguka.
The herbs are sourced directly from Embu and Meru counties, the main cultivators of the crop in Kenya.
Makeshift structures at the market are the first stop for the mild stimulants that are chewed by the young and the old alike.
It is where the basins are opened and some dispatched to other parts of the county to be sold mainly in sit-in kiosks
The sale of the stimulants thrives at the market, with muguka selling like hot cakes.
An estimated Sh 250,0000 goes to the suppliers’ pockets each day, traders.
But that is about to change.
The Kitui County government boss together with religious leaders are waging a war against the stimulants, that is threatening the trade.
Governor Ngilu gave this message during a church function over the weekend at Kitui Stadium.
The event was attended by over 3300 leaders from different sectors who fully supported the move to end Muguka business
Though traders are unhappy with this move it has been welcomed by many especially religious leaders and women in Kitui.
“This is the best New year gift we expect from Governor Ngilu” Rose Mutie, Businesswoman in Kitui
“Watu wataona umuhimu wa ili jambo badae” Ismai