Over 500 traders at the recently commissioned Nkubu market in Meru County have vowed to comply with business requirements including paying of levies to the devolved administration, following their placement at the facility.
Speaking to the media at the market Monday, the traders led by Jane Muria said the new business environment was conducive, unlike previously where they their risked their lives and property as they operated from the busy Meru-Nairobi highway roadsides for the last one and half years.
Muria said the market had taken over two years to renovate, since the ground breaking ceremony was presided over by the former Meru Governor Peter Munya, few months before the traders were evicted into the streets.
She noted that all concerned traders have now been allocated space in the new market, while others were relocated to the old market near the public play ground in December 2017.
A fruit vendor in the market, Mary Nkirote appreciated the placement saying during the duration she operated from the road side, she incurred huge losses, as her fruits got destroyed in the hot sun and also being run over in both vehicular and human traffic.
Nkirote said rainy seasons were no better as they were forced to close business earlier than usual for fear of having their goods swept away by floods, hence missing out on their evening customers.
With the modern market and proper lighting, we can now operate on a twenty four hour economy like many other areas in the country, she said.
The traders commended Governor KiraituMurungi for taking construction of the market to completion although it was started during the previous County leadership.
Source: Kenya News Agency