New Wakulima Complex Market Officially Opened for Business

NAKURU, Kenya 19th December 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today officially commissioned the Wakulima Market.

The market completed at a cost of 102 million shillings is set to serve more than 3,000 traders who will be selling fresh foods and dry cereals among other products.

Speaking at the function, Governor Mbugua said the County Government will no longer allow its residents to continue buying foodstuff from the floor of the streets.

Adding that we have been staring at a Public Health disaster and asked all residents to return to utilize the markets as required.

Renovations done at the market will enable the absorption of a huge number traders.

In order to accommodate more traders and improve on the market conditions the county government is constructing more markets and rehabilitating the Old Wakulima, Naivasha, Njoro, Molo and Kabazi Markets.

At Old Wakulima Market, the drainage system is being reworked and the road is being tarmacked, this is aimed at enhancing markets outside the Central Business District to decongest the main streets and attract more investors.

Top Market which is the oldest Market in Nakuru will be rehabilitated and upgraded and this will lead to improved business returns to the traders and hence higher profits.

Governor Mbuguag urge all traders who will be allocated space in the new Wakulima Market complex to utilize it prudently by embracing accepted and ethical business practices, upholding the rule of law and respecting each other.

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Hawkers in Nakuru CBD Given 31st Dec Deadline

NAKURU, Kenya 13th December 2014 – Hawkers have until the 31st of December 2014 to vacate the precincts of Nakuru CBD. This follows the directive given by H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua during the Jamhuri Day celebrations held yesterday at the Afraha Stadium.

The ordered was directed to all street vendors, hawkers and any person selling wares along the streets of the CBD to vacate.

Governor Mbugua has emphasized that those that shall return shall face the full force of the law and should therefore comply with the order adding that the ban is also aimed at restoring sanity and maintaining order in the CBD.

Alternative locations are ready for occupation and those who do not comply with the order will not be licensed next year unless they are operating from the alternative designated premises.

In view of providing locations for the hawkers to operate from, the County Government has confirmed that among other designated locations, Wakulima Market is ready after its completion where more than 2000 traders will be hosted. Another market is ready and is located in the Keratina area of Free-Area estate East of the town.

The relocation is part of Nakuru County integration plan and the heavy presence of hawkers in the main streets of Nakuru CBD is detrimental to its development and that their relocation would improve the County’s face for economic growth.