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Kisumu to build stalls for SMEs displaced by projects

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Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • While over 3,000 traders were evicted to give room for the expansion of Sh3 billion Kisumu Port and lakefront development, the county indicated that more traders could be affected as the projects escalate.
  • According to a Monday advert by the board, interested bidders have until next Tuesday to submit their offer to design, install and manage the temporary business premises on behalf of the board.

Kisumu County government has advertised a tender for the construction of 6,000 semi-permanent trading spaces for small and medium enterprises as more traders are set to be displaced by mega projects to be implemented in the lakeside city.

While over 3,000 traders were evicted to give room for the expansion of Sh3 billion Kisumu Port and lakefront development, the county indicated that more traders could be affected as the projects escalate.

“The anticipated displacement has led to more and urgent need for appropriate trading structures,” said Kisumu City Board in a document seen by Business Daily.

According to a Monday advert by the board, interested bidders have until next Tuesday to submit their offer to design, install and manage the temporary business premises on behalf of the board.

“There is an urgent need for the board to provide proper sites not only for the traders already displaced, but also in anticipation of those likely to be affected as these projects escalate,” said city manager Doris Ombara.

Areas earmarked for the project include Railways, Migosi, Shaurimoyo, Kaloleni, Market Milimani, Kondele, Nyalenda, Kajulu, Kolwa, Manyatta, Kisumu West, Kisumu Central and North Kisumu.

She noted that the project also aims to increase city revenues through formalisation of SMEs, leading to ease of tracing of these enterprises.

“The county government intends to earn revenue from these investments through payments of rates and revenue sharing with the private sector players identified under this programme,” said Mrs Ombara.