By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County Government has announced that it will reallocate stalls that have been lying idle in Ngong market temporary site.
Though a notice from Ngong Ward Administrator dated 19th September, 2019, the county gave unidentified traders seven days to use the stalls or be reallocated to other traders.
The stalls were allocated to traders during their relocation from old market to the new temporary market.
Traders had complained on how the exercise was done saying the people who were allocated did not operate in the market and some were allocated more than one stall.
Ngong market committee which was mandated with relocation of traders was later disbanded. Some committee members were accused of receiving bribes to allocate stalls.
Ngong Ward MCA Robert Sungura had announced dissolving of the market committee saying their term in office ended on 14/06/2019.
The traders’ petition demanded investigations and elections to replace their chairperson for failing to protect them. The chairman had maintained the exercise was free and fair.
The county later called for elections which were later cancelled and interim committee was chosen comprising of CECM for trade, ward administrator, a representative from the MCA’s office, four members from the market traders, a representative of people living with disability and three other members.
The traders who were vying for the position of chairman of the market were also included.