The expansion and modernization of Markets in Kajiado County has been pegged as one of the pillars to encourage development and drive trade in order to create jobs and boost trade.
In a statement by Kajiado County Trade and Culture CEC Jackline Koin to Kajiado residents and the country at large in the commemorative Devolution conference address the county will work with development partners to expand trade through markets.
“Since 2013, the county Government has invested Kshs 250 million in construction and modernization of 14 markets, before then, these markets was characterized by congestion and overflow of traders on streets and pavements however today, our new markets have provided a critical link between producers and consumers. The new stalls and spacious trade areas have minimized postharvest losses, created cleaner environment and improved public health” Koin said.
The County says that Kiserian market for example, is a large open shed with 36 lockable stalls, and currently accommodates 500 traders. Once fully completed, it will accommodate 2,000 traders.
The Kajiado Market is now fully rehabilitated to cater for the growing middle income population. The markets operational Shed and several lockable stalls cater for 300 traders. A second shed is under construction and will accommodate another 200 traders; the markets electrification has promoted late night trading.
Kimana market in Kajiado South is also complete and has two sheds with 222 shops, while the BulBul Market has two sheds and 18 shops. The markets cost Kshs 12 million and 20 million respectively.
The Isinya Market is complete with 48 stalls and 1 shed, saving residents long journeys to Kitengela Market.
Several other open markets such as Entasopia and Mile 46 will be upgraded to have shades to attract more traders and protect produce from harsh weather and theft.
Kshs 800 million Ngong Market stalls
Apart from investing county funds to build markets, the County Government has partnered with the World Bank to construct a mega four storey Ultra-Modern Market in Ngong Town.
The Kshs800 million projects will completely change the face of the entire Kajiado North trade environment as it will attract customers from the Neighboring Nairobi County.
The Department has also engaged various investors to enhance job creation and revenue generation. An investor’s conference held in 2014 resulted in additional medium and small enterprises coming into the county.
Adapted from statement by CEC Trade Jackline Koin to Kajiado residents and the devolution conference.