County to modernize open air markets

Kirinyaga County Government has embarked on an aggressive modernization of the existing open air markets within Mwea area.

The County governor, Anne Waiguru said her officers were currently carrying out a census, to establish the actual number of informal traders conducting businesses in such markets, to enable proper planning of the facilities.

She said Makutano Produce Inspection Centre Wamumu, Ngurubani, Mutithi and Kimbimbi markets had been earmarked to benefit from the program.

Other than constructing roofs on such markets, we are also going to provide clean water, bio- digester toilets and floodlights to enable the traders conduct their business in a conducive environment, Waiguru said.

While accompanied by her Deputy Peter Ndambiri, the governor said once the program was completed, all informal traders would be able to conduct their business as they wished, regardless of whether it was day time or night.

Once we are through with the first five markets, we will then move on to Ndia, Kirinyaga Central and Gichugu for a similar modernization exercise until the entire county is transformed for the better, she said.

Waiguru said due to the large size of Makutano market and a high population of traders, water and a bio-digester toilet would be provided by December this year.

Some of the facilities lacking in our markets are so petty that we will be able to provide them within the shortest time possible and save our people from further suffering caused by a bad working environment,” said the governor.

Most of the markets, she noted, lacked basic hygiene leaving the traders exposed to risks of contracting diseases, a situation the devolved unit was now addressing as a matter of priority.

The governor, who toured the markets on Wednesday to get first hand information on the plight of traders, said what she saw on the ground was unacceptable under devolution.

On politics, Waiguru said Kirinyaga residents would come out in large numbers and vote in President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 26.

She said unlike NASA, Jubilee has set no conditions for the IEBC and were more than ready to cast their votes on the material day.

We know the NASA fraternity is not ready for the repeat vote but whether they participate or not, our supporters will come out to vote for the Jubilee government, added Waiguru.

Source: Kenya News Agency