The Ksh 800 Million World Bank-funded market in Ngong will be ready for occupation in Six months. To pave way for the construction of the market, the relocation of the over two thousand traders has begun.
The relocation exercise kicked off in earnest this week under a strict and largely transparent process that seeks to have most of the traders accommodated.
Towards this end, prospective allotters are expected to present themselves at the site with their national identification cards and validated against the list of all registered market traders.
Upon validation they will be issued with a ballot by the market committee from which they will pick a random number with a special seal which will be their allocated stall number.
The first day of the allocation will see groceries and cereal traders allocated their stalls followed by new clothes, mitumba, shoes, miraa and beba beba traders on the following day.
On Wednesday shops, hotels, malimali, fruits, charcoal and chicken traders will be shown to their stalls.
On Thursday, 28, February 2019, the market will be officially opened to the public in a ceremony to be presided over by the Governor of Kajiado, Joseph Ole Lenku and the PS State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Charles Hinga.
A number of stalls have been set aside to cater to Special Interest groups with the amenities and infrastructure within the market designed to accommodate their needs. County enforcement and security officers have been directed to ensure that all roadside traders vacate to the temporary market at Ngong Stadium once the new market commences its operations.
The County Trade and Investments Chief Officer Grace Saitoti, Ngong Ward MCA Hon. Robert Muoria together with other County officials have been instrumental in the supervision of this exercise.
The World Bank under Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement (NAMSIP) begun building the market last year but stalled due to a misunderstanding which was later resolved between the traders and the County Government of Kajiado over the temporary relocation of traders.
The four storey ultra-modern market is said to be the biggest in East and Central Africa and is expected to give Ngong Town a much-needed face lift with ample parking lots, loading bays and all essential social amenities.