Traders who were displaced during the construction of the Outering-Kangundo Road have a reason to smile after the government announced that they will be given the first priority in the allocation of stores at the already complete Kangundo road market.
Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) says 153 out of 943 stores will be allocated to traders who were evicted.
The remaining 490 stores will be allocated through an open distribution policy.
Further, residents of Mowlem ward where the market sits will get 147 stalls.
Additionally, residents of Embakasi west constituency will also get 147 stores, and persons living with disabilities getting 49 stalls.
Director-General KURA Silas Kinoti
Anyone with a grievance or complaint is requested to lodge the same in writing to the Deputy County Commissioner DCC Njiru sub county not later than Tuesday 6th 2021.
Further, Kinoti also calls upon anyone who wishes to have a store at the market to write to the DCC Njiru Sub-county before Tuesday next week.
The interested applicants are required to correctly indicate the particular category that they are applying for and to prove their case in the same.
The market is among four other markets in Nairobi that have been constructed at close to Sh2 billion.
Others include Westlands Market, Karandini Market, Kware Road Market, and Mwariro Market.
The Sh389 million Mwariro Market, located in Starehe sub-County, is a six-story building with 360 stalls, where 318 will be allocated to the original traders and the remaining 42 stalls will be through the ballot.
Karandini Market in Dagoretti South, which is a two-story building has 204 stalls put up at a cost of Sh294 million while Sh214 million Westlands Market will accommodate about 3,000 traders.
The new markets, once opened, will help decongest the current city markets with most traders in the capital grappling with lack of enough space to sell their wares.
Nairobi currently has 20 open-air and 23 large markets which are not enough for the huge population of merchants in the capital city.