The government has started construction of a modern market in Kangari town of Murang’a County.
On Thursday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi launched construction of the market, which is meant to spur horticulture and fruit farming in the region.
The Sh340 million facility is expected to be completed within a period of less than a year as funds have been allocated in the current financial year.
Matiangi who was accompanied by ICT CS Joe Mucheru and his Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development counterpart James Machari, observed that the project once completed will ensure local traders will get an opportunity to venture in international markets as many export companies will have space for collecting and packaging of fresh produce for overseas markets.
“This project will be hastened and completed within a short period of time so that our farmers can start benefiting from it. The market will mainly venture in export of produce,” he added.
Kigumo MP Ruth Wangari has been lobbying for the modern market saying the area is productive and most of farmers’ produce goes to waste due to lack of proper storage and enough markets.
Wangari who accompanied the team lauded the government for coming to assist local farmers saying the facility will boost the economy of the area.
The market which will be a six-storey building, will be served by tarmacked roads linking it to Naivasha dry port for facilitation of exportation of the produce.
Transport CS Macharia observed that Mau Mau road which is under construction will link Murang’a county with Nyandarua and Naivasha thus facilitating easy movement of produce to the slated dry port.
Meanwhile the Interior CS, told security officers to remain firm and crackdown on people breaking the law and threatening peace in the country.
He said there are some politicians who are politicizing security matters noting that as officers mandated to ensure order and tranquility in the country they will not be cowed by some individuals.
“We will not react to desperate and disorganized voices from some individuals who think security issues can be discussed in funerals. The responsibility we are given in the constitution must be done effectively,” said Matiangi.
He called upon all leaders to work in unity and stop unnecessary utterances which may threaten peace of the nation.
by Bernard Munyao