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We Shall Not Participate In Balloting to Get New Stalls, Mwariro Traders Tell Government


Traders of Mwariro Market in Ngara are appealing to the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure to give them the first priority during the allocation of the newly built Market before conducting a ballot exercise slated for 10/02/2020 at Nyayo stadium.
In 2008 the market was demolished for upgrading plan. During the demolitions 247 traders encountered losses but they now claim all is not well and they are not sure if they will be considered.
‘‘We want to plead with the government to please give us first priority. We were the original occupants of Mwariro and now this balloting process to get a stall is fishy and may be used to lock us out,’’ they said.
After a long 13 year wait, the traders say that already 9000 applicants have been shortlisted for the balloting exercise without them being given a priority as the affected owners of the stalls.
They fear that if the Ministry of Housing will not prioritize the original owners of the stalls their long wait will be in vain.
The newly built market has a capacity of only 343 stalls.
The 247 traders under Mwariro Jua Kali Society say that they have written to all relevant government offices but they have not gotten any feedback.
Last year Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi was arrested for allegedly inciting youth to forcibly occupy stalls at the market.