Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has launched the ultra-modern 14500 square meter Masinde Muliro market that will offer trading space to more than 3,000 small and medium enterprise traders that have been operating in the open air market.
The sh 874 million business center ddubbed Masinde Muliro market was set up adjacent to the Kitale bus terminus and was set up with a unique technology.
“The market will address the growing market needs of Kitale town which has grown from 50, 000 in the post-colonial era to the current 200, 000,” said Governor Khaemba.
The business center which is part of the Masinde Muliro Park which also houses a transport terminus and a memorial park was necessitated by a lack of urban expansion space.
“The current condemned municipal market which was set up 85 years ago was planned to host 120 traders but it currently has a population of 160 traders,” said the Governor.
The governor had in his first term in office initiated a plan to have part of the forest land within Kitale town de-gazetted to give room for his urban development plan but that did not materialize.
Governor Khaemba advised the incoming regime to automate the collection of revenue at the park to actualise the target of sh 120 million for the business center and sh 72 million for the bus terminus annually,” said the county boss.
“We urge the incoming administration to also follow up with the national government to have the prison land in Kitale town to allow further expansions since this market cannot accommodate all the traders,” he said.
Area deputy governor Dr. Stanley Tarus and the chief administrative secretary in the ministry of Treasury Eric Wafukho commended the governor for his leadership style that has seen various projects initiated in the region despite the criticism.