More than 2,000 small scale traders in Ngong shall benefit from Ksh 800M ultra modern market by World Bank after six months standoff between the county government and traders delaying the mega project.
The market is said to be the biggest market in east and central Africa and is expected to give Ngong town a new face.
Six months ago when the World Bank under Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement (NAMSIP) begun building the market, chaos erupted traders refusing to be relocated to a temporary market.
However the standoff has been ironed out and traders who have been operating by road side have accepted to be moved to a temporary market near the Ngong Stadium.
The temporary market shall cost an extra Ksh 60M and in six weeks time, traders are expected to relocate.
Traders are optimistic the market shall boost small scale traders. They also challenge the county government to ensure spaces shall be allocated in a transparent manner.
Traders however want the bus terminus next to the market moved.
During the launch of the project, Kajiado County Government Trade Chief Officer Grace Saitoti said the market shall come with benefits not only to traders but also to residents.
NAMSIP Deputy Director Peter Mwaura said more multimillion markets shall be built in various towns including Kajiado and Kitengela.
Mwaura lauded the partnership between the county government and World Bank to alleviate locals lives.
The ultra modern market construction is expected to take two years.