Editorials

Markets upgrade welcome

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Traders selling their produce at Muthurwa Market Nairobi on Friday, January 29, 2021. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

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Summary

  • City Hall and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) plan to create more trading spaces to cater to the underserved and ever-growing population.
  • With structured and organised markets, traders will have good working environments.
  • Modernisation of markets will be a win-win for all.

Almost all evenings, major Nairobi city centre streets turn to open-air markets with hawkers selling their wares from vegetables, clothes, shoes and household items. In markets in the suburbs, mounds of garbage — mostly from the groceries vendors — and burst sewers are an eyesore.

But with plans to upgrade Nairobi’s trading spaces underway, there is hope for improved sanitation, hygiene and safety.

City Hall and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) also plan to create more trading spaces to cater to the underserved and ever-growing population.

The facelift will see the markets have modern stalls, parking areas, ablution blocks, and link roads to improve accessibility.

With structured and organised markets, traders will have good working environments, attracting more buyers and improving their livelihoods.

At the same time, the county government will be able to collect more revenue. Clearly, modernisation of markets will be a win-win for all.

It is important that this is rolled out to the markets in the country.