Over 10,000 Kisumu traders who were displaced from Kibuye market will be resettled in the new market that is still under construction in March next year.
This is after the Kisumu County Government announced the resumption of construction which had been stopped by the court.
Kisumu City Manager Abala Wanga says that the order by the court to stop the construction saw the donor World Bank withdraw its funding.
“When the market construction commenced, some few individuals took the matter to court and the court stopped the process. In return, the World Bank withdrew their donation which was to fund the construction till January 2023. We later sat down as government and budgeted on how to fund the project,” said Abala.
“We did a supplementary budget to fund the project from where the World bank left. Second phase construction will commence in January 2022 and within 90 days the market construction will be complete,” he added.
Speaking to the traders at Corona Market, Wanga stated that Phase two of the construction of the market will resume next year.
Wanga further stated that they did market categorization and it divided the phase one into three parts.
“Kibuye is divided into three categories, we have manufacturers that include blacksmith, Textiles, foodstuff merchants all in phase one. The phase is almost over as we are currently doing roofing. Phase two design phase is a modern open air market,” says Mr. Abala.
Phase two of the market will have shade, breastfeeding area for young mothers and children’s playing ground.
“We will have enough water flow, proper waste management, and the market has two gates with tarmac road in between the entrance and exit,” he said.
The county government added that they are focusing on making kibuye a modern market place because it is the county’s main source of revenue with approximate of 50 million per week.
The market is located on a 16 acre land covering traders in east and central Africa.
By; JACOB OLUOCH
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