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Market opens doors for traders

Traders at Ramba Market, Homa Bay County are a delighted lot following the construction of a modern market at a cost of Sh 13 million.

The project which has 117 stalls was constructed by the office of the Woman Representative in the county.

Governor Gladys Wanga and the Woman Representative Joyce Osogo presided over the opening of the project today.

Wanga said that the project will enable traders transact business in a conducive environment.

She called for unity amongst local leaders so that they can pull in the same direction in service delivery.

The Governor warned some individuals who she did not name against antagonizing elected leaders.

Ms Osogo said it is the first market that her office has undertaken in the county.

“Other markets will be constructed in the coming financial years. In the meantime, traders from some selected markets will get tents and chairs to ease their operations,” she said.

Ramba market was started in 1973 as an open-air market with its catchment area spanning across three counties of Nyamira, Kisumu and Homa Bay.

Ms Osogo said the market has been built to modern standards.

“The ablution block will be managed by a special interest group to empower them,” Ms Osogo said.

She added that traders can access free Internet at the market after the Ministry of ICT and digital economy installed a public WiFi.

The Woman Rep said access to the Internet will enables traders to look for markets.

She added that waste management was well taken care of with litter bins provided to promote hygiene.

After the official opening, Ms Osogo signed a memorandum of understanding with the Governor and handed over the market to the county government.

Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie said that the parliamentary committee on Communication, Information and Innovation provided two computers that traders at the market will use to source markets.

“We are in the digital economy and it is therefore important that traders at the market have access to the internet,” he said.

By Davis Langat

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