A new Sh800 million World Bank-funded market in Ngong is set to benefit over 2,000 small-scale traders after a six-month standoff between the county government and traders that delayed construction was resolved.
The market is said to be the biggest and most stylish in East and Central Africa and is expected to give Ngong a face lift.
Six months ago, when the World Bank under Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement (NAMSIP) begun building the market, chaos erupted with traders refusing to be moved to a temporary market.
The World Bank halted the project to give dialogue between the traders and county government of Kajiado a chance.
The dispute has been solved and traders who were operating by road side have accepted to be temporarily moved near Ngong Stadium. The temporary market will cost an extra Sh60 million. The four storey ultra-modern market will accommodate 2,300 traders on an acre of land.
‘’We are optimistic the new market will come with business opportunities to traders who have been operating in the scorching sun for years. We hope allocation of spaces in the market shall be transparent to genuine traders,’’ said Joseph Kinuthia, the traders spokesperson.