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We want our upgrade for Kiambu market

KNA  Over 3,000 traders at Kangangi Kiambu town market have called on the County government to upgrade their market premises, so as to enable traders to operate in a conducive business environment.

Speaking to KNA at the Kangangi town market in Kiambu town on Monday, Mr. George Ngugi, the market chairman said that indeed the traders deserve a modern upgraded market premises, where all business vendors will be allocated stalls from where to work from inside the market just like the latest Kihara market in Gachie which was opened to the traders last month. The new Kihara market has accommodated at least 365 traders.

 “We too need ample and spacious stalls from where we can work from as we attend to our customers so that they can locate us with ease,” they noted

The traders said that the tiny working spaces allocated to each trader had been a tormenting hiccup for their businesses, and that they were unable to expand their merchandise which is in high demand following the growing population of Kiambu town and its environs.

 They complained that, currently each of them is solely responsible for repair and maintenance of their stalls, yet they were paying licenses to the County Government of Kiambu. “We are required to keep engaging masons and casual laborers to fix our temporary shelters in order to store and also display our goods and products during market days that fall on two days of the week, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Chairman reiterated that this market was the core center of businesspeople in the county headquarters of Kiambu County and that it should have been given priority just like those of Kikuyu, Juja, Ruiru, Kihara, and Githurai modern markets.

 “These traders also need to feel good and comfortable when conducting their businesses and their customer’s security should also be guaranteed so that they feel secure when visiting the market,” noted the Chairman.

“As the management of the market we are trying to see if all that we foresee can be actualized with the assistance from the national government in close partnership with Kiambu County government,” said the chairman, who also added that a good standard capacity will facilitate business growth for the market traders and also offer ample space for customers.

Ngugi urged both the national and county government to consider the request by upgrading the market to a modern trading facility as Kiambu town area is rapidly growing and this will serve as a good medium of collecting more county revenue from small and medium owners.

Sharing insights with KNA at the old market section, Martin Njogu a young man who has been specializing in selling ladies’ trousers for the past three years, said that his plea goes to the government to put up a modern market where sanitation will be well taken care of as they usually face a challenge of blocked sewerage. 

“When there is sewerage blockage, it gives us so much worry because our personal health is at risk. Our customers also dread to reach us and we can stay the whole day without selling anything,” said Njogu.                                   

Kihara Market was officially handed over to the County Government of Kiambu at a colorful ceremony by the National Government on 18th June 2021. The ceremony was graced by the Cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Transport, infrastructure, housing, urban development, and public works Engineer James Macharia, three principal secretaries from the same ministry, Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro and the local leaders.

Kikuyu, Juja, Ruiru, Kihara, and Githurai modern markets are flagship projects of President Uhuru Kenyatta and were constructed through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services improvement project (NAMSIP) program in partnership with the Kiambu County Government.



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