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Homa Bay to inaugurate multi-million modern market in December

The construction of a ne modern market in Homa Bay town at a cost of Ksh 117.8 million has commenced.

The market is one of the projects funded by the World Bank in conjunction with the National Government to improve urban infrastructures in 59 municipalities countrywide at a cost of Ksh 28 billion.

Speaking at the Homa Bay Municipal Market during an inspection tour of the project, Housing and Urban development PS Charles Hinga, said the initiative by the Government will enhance social infrastructure and improve the livelihoods of the people.

“The traders made the decision. It was not a decision of the government to construct the market,” Hinga said.

The modern market will hold over 400 stalls with a capacity of over 2000 traders within the region.

The PS further explained that the government will empower traders in the selected municipalities and their board members so that they can address the challenges facing them, adding that the municipalities were a way for the government to bring development and power much closer to the people.

On her part, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Lands and Housing, Roseline Odhiambo explained that issuing of the market stalls to traders will be conducted in a free and fair manner.

“As soon as the market is commissioned before the end of the year, we will first issue stalls to the initial occupants of the old market who were relocated before we can bring in new traders,” she said.

Odhiambo also warned the traders against issuing payments in exchange for the stalls saying the market was a purely public project, with nothing for sale.

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