New Wakulima Market to hold 4,000 traders

The inside of the under construction new Wakulima Market.
The inside of the under construction new Wakulima Market. PHOTO/COURTESY:

4, 000 traders in Nairobi are set to benefit from the newly constructed New Wakulima Market which is nearly complete.

The launch of the Ksh800 million fresh produce market, located in Mowlem Ward, Embakasi West sub-County, is set to alleviate the issue of inadequate space for the traders.

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) Director General Silas Kinoti said once the project is complete, it will accommodate over 4,000 traders and will help decongest county markets and increase access to quality, affordable and sustainable food.

He said the project, which is part of the dualling of Outer Ring Road project currently being undertaken by Kura, is about to be completed and is only awaiting water and power connection to be done.

“Apart from the fresh produce market, which its construction is part of the Outer Ring project is 99 percent complete and only awaiting water and power connection, we have also improved Kariobangi Market,” said Engineer Kinoti as quoted by local dailies.

Nairobi currently has 20 open-air and 23 large markets which are not enough for the huge population of merchants in the capital city.

City hall has also been constructing three other markets including Westlands, Karandini and Mwariro, which are about to be completed and will see the settlement of many other traders. This comes as part of efforts to reduce the population of hawkers within the CBD.

Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko, has however raised concerns about impostors conning innocent citizens through fake sale of market spaces and issuance of stalls within the different markets in the county.

The markets affected include the New Wakulima, Westlands Market, Karandini Market, Mwariro and City Park Market. Owners were consequently advised to report their grievances to the nearest police station.

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