Traders in Kiserian town can now look forward to the opening of a new ultramodern market with the construction of the market almost complete.
The three-storey market that is now in its last phase of construction is a project by the Kajiado county government aimed at creating a conducive environment for traders to engage in their business.
Tabitha Kamau, a trader at Kiserian open market said the market was a welcome initiative by the county government because the traders are often exposed to harsh weather conditions at the open air market.
“I am excited and eager to move to the new market as soon as it is complete. This project has been ongoing for a long time but finally it is almost complete. Traders in this open air market have really suffered especially when it rains because it gets very muddy which discourages customers from coming to the market resulting in low sales.”
The new market will have modern stalls and is expected to host up to 2000 traders. The traders want the stalls allocated in a fair and transparent manner to avoid a situation similar to the one witnessed in Ngong Market where traders took part in protests against what they claimed as unfair allotment of stalls citing corruption allegations.
Addressing Kiserian residents during the launch, Kajiado governor Joseph Ole Lenku said that his government is commited to improving the lives of the people and create a safe environment to do business.
The market is being constructed at an approximate cost of 200 million shillings. The Kajiado county government had set aside about 600 million shillings for improvement of business structures in the county and local markets.