Row over Ksh.68 billion World Bank project resolved

Written By: Beatrice Gatonye

An architectural design of the proposed Ngong modern market.

A row over the construction of a modern Ngong market that had threatened to derail the 1 billion shillings World Bank funded project has finally been resolved.

Traders operating within the precincts had initially been at odds with the County Government over a site they were supposed to relocate to in order to allow the project to commence.

The traders will now relocate to the Ngong Stadium site where they will transact their businesses for the next one year.

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In a ceasefire meeting, the traders agreed to relocate to the Ngong Stadium site in a deal hammered by Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and senior County officials.

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This even as Ngong’ member of county assembly Robert Sungura demanded that the new site accommodate the about 1,500 traders.

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They also called on the County Government to temporarily shift the bus park to the site for easy movement of their customers.

Governor Lenku assured the traders that his government remains committed to support small scale traders.

The World Bank has also set aside 68 million shillings to relocate the traders for one year.

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The construction of the modern market is earmarked to begin later this month and shall be the biggest and modern market in the entire county.

The 1 billion shillings modern market is expected to have shades, stores and offices and is expected to ease congestion currently being witnessed at the Ngong Open Air market.





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