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Nairobi’s Wakulima market to be relocated to Eastlands

Nairobi’s largest fresh produce market is set to be relocated to Eastlands as the county government seeks to decongest the Central Business District.

Nairobi City Governor, Dr Evans Kidero, on Monday said the facility would be moved to a 45 acre piece of land near the junction of Kangundo road and Outer Ring road.

“We are currently doing detailed feasibility studies to enable us source funds. The planning will be completed this financial year and construction will be done beginning next year,” said Dr Kidero.

Wakulima market was built in 1966 with a capacity for just 300 traders but today accommodates about 7,000 dealers creating congestion not only within the market but also on the streets that border it.

The governor spoke at the Treasury during the signing of two loan agreements totalling Sh17.85 billion between the national government and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The funds will finance the revamping of Nairobi’s Outer Ring road and the development of the Thwake Multi-purpose Water Development Programme on the Athi River.

About Sh9.8 billion extended in a loan and Sh71.1 million in a grant, will be used to improve the 13 kilometre stretch of Outer Ring road from Thika road to the eastern bypass roundabout in Embakasi.

The project will involve expansion of the existing road to a two-lane carriageway with service roads, grade separated intersections, foot bridges and cycle tracks.

The Sh23 billion Thwake programme, which is 35 per cent funded by AfDB and 65 per cent financed by the government, will supply water to the planned Konza Technopolis while improving food security in Makueni and Kitui counties.