Residents of Maralal town in Samburu County have welcomed construction of a first ever modern market in the county.
The old building whose stalls were used by miraa traders is being demolished to create space for construction of the new market.
Samburu county governor Moses Lenolkulal said the two storey building new market’s construction is being funded by the World Bank through the Maralal town municipality program at a cost of Sh53m.
He said construction works are expected to be completed within a year to accommodate middle class business enterprises.
“It is a complex that we hope will facilitate middle class businesses in Maralal town within a year, it’s just part of our comprehensive programs for the municipality of Maralal.” He said.
The County’s Chief Officer of Lands in the county Mr Moses Omondi said that the county government’s main objective through the new modern market is to empower traders and raise revenue collection.
“We should give those who were trading here a priority, the women who were trading outside this market in an open air will also be given priority, and alternatively we will create a space for them and do modification to the shades so that they can comfortably do their businesses,” he said.