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Government to construct modern market in Kiambu

Traders in Kiambu County are set to benefit from a Multi-million three storey modern market project to be constructed in Wangige, Kabete Sub County.

Speaking during a public participation meeting head in Wangige at Bishop Kariuki Integrated Community Training Centre regarding the construction of the Wangige Market, Governor Kimani Wamatangi announced that President Ruto’s flagship program aims to construct five modern markets in various sub-counties within Kiambu County.

“The plan is to build a three-story market, which will be constructed using a modern design here and also at Madaraka Market, two in Ruiru market, Kangangi market in Kiambu town and the Githunguri market,” wamatangi said.

Under President William Ruto’s stewardship, the national government has allocated Sh400 million for the market, with the administration contributing Sh150 million to construct a suitable facility for traders.

The Governor assured the traders that his administration will give resources to provide a temporary location, where traders can operate, while awaiting the completion of the new market.

“The multi-storey business hub, set to accommodate approximately 700 traders will also create a conducive working environment for traders in Wangige town.

The facility will be completed in 13 months so you can be able to go back to your spaces soon,” said the governor.

The public participation exercise follows the approval of the market’s designs by architects from the Kenya School of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs). The residents also aired out their challenges and requests to the governor which included space allocation and market leadership, which the governor promised to work on.

“We are asking the governor to assure us that none of us will lose our trading spaces when the construction is done, and that we will be given a chance to choose our own leader for better management of the market,” noted a trader.

Wamatangi lauded the traders and the elected leaders in Kabete Constituency for endorsing the planned construction citing that, “The tender advertisement will take place next, and my commitment to the people of Wangige is that the allocation of spaces in the new facility will be transparent.”

In July last year, President William Ruto announced that the government had allocated Sh13 billion for the construction of new markets in different counties across the country.

Kiambu County received Sh3 billion from the national government for the construction of five markets following the allocation.

By Grace Naishoo

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