Traders operating at the Siaya Market breathed a sigh of relief after a well-wisher volunteered to rehabilitate the facility that has been in a squalid condition.
The traders have unsuccessfully lodged complaints to the relevant authorities over the terrible state of the market for years.
As they celebrated the new state of the market, the traders, mostly fish-sellers, told off the leadership of Siaya County saying that the market, in its current state does not portray a county headquarters in good light.
Richard Onyango, the chairman of fish traders in the market said that the county government’s tax collectors were always asking for tax yet they did not care about the messy state of the market.
“Before, we had serious problems whenever it rained as we had to close down business because of the mud and drainage water as customers could not access the market,” said Onyango.
He added, “We are happy and grateful, at least there are people who see other people’s plight and take action. It is sad that we have leaders who should be doing all this.”
Rose Rabinya, a well-wisher, said the horrendous state of the market prompted her to take action.
“I have, on several occasions, visited the market as a customer and have seen women and the youths suffer and when it rains the situation is even worse. These traders pay taxes daily, therefore I wonder why they can’t have a better market to do their businesses?” posed Ms Rabinya.
On his part, the organizing secretary of the traders’ union in Siaya Mr Ochieng Seda noted, “For years the issue of this market has been raised, from the times of the defunct local governments and subsequently the devolved government but nothing has been done. It took a well-wisher who felt our plight and rehabilitated the market.”
Siaya market is one of the largest markets serving a very large population. Some 2000 people directly and indirectly depend on it for livelihood.