Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has commissioned the construction of a sh 100 million market on the Kenya Railway Land within Kitale town to accommodate traders that were displaced by the ongoing construction of the Kitale-Endebess-Suam Road.
The Kitale market whose construction will take about six months will comprise typical market units, food court, Fish and Meat Market, Matatu offices and Bus Park and Guard House and wash rooms on a 2.5 acre piece of land.
“We are seeking for more land to accommodate more traders. We will ensure that there is specialization in future to have specific markets for specific commodities,” said Governor Natembeya while commissioning the project.
He said his administration has initiated plans to recover public land that was grabbed by some individuals saying the vice has undermined the region’s urban development plan which is critical to the town expansion plan.
The project which is managed by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) will be undertaken by the China State construction Engineering Corporation Ltd which is constructing the 45 kilometer Highway.
“We have also set up a one stop border point at the Suam border to boost commercial activities along the Kenya-Ugandan border. We will soon erect beacons to contain encroachment on road reserves,” said the regional director of KENHA Daniel Cherono.
The chairman of the Trade committee at the county assembly of Trans Nzoia Francis Were (MCA Tuwan ward) and his Bidii ward counterpart James Gitau said the process of allocating stalls should be done transparently once the market is complete.
“We call upon the governor to ensure that only genuine victims of the displacement process are compensated when the market is complete. Cartels should not have a say on the process,” said Mr. Were.
Traders called on the Governor to create more space to accommodate more than 20,000 traders within Kitale town who have no conducive environment to conduct their businesses following several cases of demolition.