Lenku summons officials after politician raised alarm over cartels in Kiserian market

By Our Reporter

Several county government officials were summoned by Kajiado County governor Joseph ole Lenku after politician Alfayo Otuke raised alarm over illegal allocation of stalls in newly built Kiserian market.

The politician who is vying for MP in Kajiado North constituency had been informed of cartels who had allocated stalls to themselves and sold other stalls to innocent traders.

Unlike other politicians who praised those behind allocation of stalls during the opening of the market the politician directing the governor to take action to corrupt officials.

“Those who did not get stalls here are many, many government officials are beneficiaries, they have allocated themselves stalls meant for poor traders,” Otuke said.

Governor Joseph ole Lenku( l),Senator aspirant Brian Sekento ( C),North MP aspirant Alfayo Otuke( r) and other government officials during opening of Kiserian market.

He demanded the officials to return the stalls or be exposed amid cheers from traders who were eagerly waiting for their cries to be heard.

The governor said the politician’s statement was wrong and maintained that the exercise was free and fair but later after the meeting summoned the officials who were involved in the stalls allocation exercise.

There had been rumors that traders who did not benefit were planning to protest forcing some county officials to involve police from Kiserian police station to keep order.

Before the arrival of the governor some county officials also tried to prevent media from interviewing angry traders who wanted the governor to take action over corruption accusations.

Some of the traders had complained of lack of transparency and bribery during the exercise , they included those who gave out cash to be allocated stalls.

The market accommodated more than 1,200 traders; it was built at a cost of Sh 100 million.

This is not the first time officials are getting involved in alleged dirty deals of selling stalls, recently some officials were summoned by the Ngong DCI after complains of receiving money to sell Ngong market stalls at one time World Bank officials returned stalls that were allocated to some traders illegally.

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