Ngong market committee to be disbanded after accusations of bribery

By Our Reporter

Ngong market committee which was mandated in relocation of traders from old market to temporary market will be disbanded.

Traders had launched a complaint to the Kajiado County Government accusing some of the committee members of receiving bribes to allocate stalls.

The traders’ petition demanded investigations and elections to replace their chairperson Geoffrey Wamae for failing to protect them. The chairman had maintained the relocation exercise was free and fair.

Ngong ward administrator Peter Leparakuo had acknowledged receiving the petition signed by more than a thousand traders.

The traders had also protested allocation of stalls to people who have never been market traders; some stalls have been allocated in sections that were put aside for easy access. Hotels and Mpesa shops in the new site doubled raising unanswered questions.

An insider who did not want to be mentioned said some of the committee members were allocated three stalls and had to sell them out.

Investigations exposed how massive the bribery was an individual who operates in the site said he paid sh 15,000 to be allocated space to set up a shop, he said some of his colleagues paid between sh 15,000  to sh 40,000.

In a new twist on Tuesday Ngong ward MCA Robert Sungura announced dissolving of the  committee. He said it is supposed to be dissolved as stipulated by law on 14/06/2019, Elections will be held after 14 days for the new office bearers.

Sungura had said those with evidence on bribery should come out and report for action to be taken.

The traders were moved to the sh 30 million temporary market to allow construction of sh 700 Million modern market.

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