Wakulima Market closed for refurbishment
City traders will this weekend have no access to Wakulima Wholesale Market which has been closed for renovations from Saturday to Monday.
The Nairobi County government announced on Friday that the market will be reopened on Tuesday after the renovations.
Nairobi City County Executive for Trade Anna Othoro said the exercise will guarantee better working conditions for traders.
“The County government will carry out a series of repair works that will include fumigating the premises, re-painting and repair of floors in the market to ensure that our traders and customers have a conducive environment to buy and sell their wares,” she said.
Ms Othoro stated that Nairobi City County had issued notices to the Traders on 25th November, 2014 to remove their wares from the market by Friday 5th December, 12pm to pave way the exercise.
The project funded by the county government is set to improve the general outlook of the market and make it healthier to operate in for both Traders and customers.
In January, Nairobi City Governor, Dr Evans Kidero, announced that the facility would be moved to a 45 acre piece of land near the junction of Kangundo Road and Outer Ring Road in a bid to de-congest the CBD.
“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.
The Wakulima Market was built in 1966 with a capacity for just 300 traders but today accommodates about 7,000.