Kisii credit scheme starts giving loans to traders

By: DUNCAN OMAYIO

The newly established Kisii County Credit Scheme has started giving loans to small-scale traders.

Governor James Ongwae said the money would either be used to expand businesses or start new ones.

“The scheme would offer loans as start-up capital to individuals, groups, and micro as well as medium enterprises in the county,” said Mr Ongwae.

The county assembly recently passed a Bill to establish the scheme.

The governor was speaking yesterday when he inspected projects in Kisii Town central business district.

Mr Ongwae assured traders of an improved working environment and security.

The governor said his administration would improve the conditions at Kisii Municipal Market.

BETTER DRAINAGE SYSTEM

He promised traders a better drainage system, more toilets and water kiosks.

“I am asking the county enforcement officers to ensure that truck drivers do not use paved lanes while driving in town.

“The lanes are only meant for light vehicles and pedestrians,” he said.

He cited examples of paved lanes that were constructed a few months ago, but now are now in a deplorable state because of destruction by heavy commercial vehicles.

Mr Ongwae said his government is working towards decongesting the bus park.

He called on all stakeholders to join hands and make Kisii Town the best place to live in.

“Plans are under way to set up bus parks for different routes to decongest the main station,” he said.

The governor said that matatus plying the Kisii-Ogembo-Kilgoris route should have their own bus terminus as well as the ones using the Kisii-Suneka-Rongo and Kisii-Nyamira routes.

Mr Ongwae appealed to stakeholders to work with the county government in order to improve delivery of services.