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Nakuru sets aside KES 81m for completion of stalled market

18 November 2013, 15:51 Robert Kibet

Nakuru - The Nakuru County government has set aside KES 81 million towards the completion of the much awaited ultra-modern wholesale market in Nakuru currently under construction, which is expected to be complete in the next six months.

Samuel Ndung’u Gitau, the executive member in charge of the ministry of trade in Nakuru County said that proper plans have been put in place towards the completion of the market that will help decongest the town’s CBD.

Gitau, who spoke during the re-launch of the stalled market project on Friday, said the funds set aside will be used to carry out repair of the dilapidated sections of the stalls.

“Most of the traders will be relocated to the modern market, and that is why we have set up enough funds to see to it that the work progresses as expected,” said Gitau.

The contractor has assured completion of the remaining 20 percent of work at the said market before the expiry of the six months period.

If completed in time, the market will be opened on April 1 next year, with Gitau saying they intend to transform the County into a modern economic hub.

On his part, Bahati legislator, Kimani Ngunjiri who had represented governor Kinuthia Mbugua, reiterated the need for the County government to liaise with the Kenya Railways Corporation to facilitate acquisition of extra land in order to accommodate traders as well as house the County staff.

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