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Govt puts market fraudsters on spot

Government warns that it’s only the County Trade Minister Alvin Kimani and Chief Officer Grace Saitoti who have the mandate to allocate stalls at the upcoming Ngong Market

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Members of the public have been cautioned against falling prey to fraudsters who are giving fake promises that they are able to assist them get stalls at the upcoming Ngong Market.

Governor Joseph ole Lenku has said no one apart from the County Department of Trade can allocate stall at the World Bank funded market.

“Anyone collecting money or duping the traders that there will be favours will be arrested. We are monitoring the merchants of that falsehood and anyone asking for money should be reported with immediate effect,” said Governor Lenku in his office today.

He added that he had received reports that some people were conning traders and promised that all the 1, 652 traders relocated will be given priority.

“Let no one be cheated that they can bribe their way into the market. They will just be losing their money. We have a very clear road map on how we shall resettle the traders. The traders should take my word that they will not lose out,” he added.

He challenged the section chairmen in the market to offer good leadership so that the traders can have confidence in the exercise.

The Governor spoke in Kajiado town only four days after he attended a prayers meeting at the relocation site.

The meeting was convened by the traders and a cross section of local clergy who sought a smooth transition to the new market.

Trade CEC Member Alvin Kimani (pictured) and his Chief Officer Grace Saitoti were given the sole mandate to ensure the traders’ rights were fully safeguarded.

Among the leaders who attended the prayers are; area MCA Robert Sungura, Nkaimurunya MCA and Assembly Chief Whip James Waichanguru, and his Ewuaso Oonkidong’i counterpart Justus ole Ngusur.

The Ngong Market is being constructed at a cost of Sh 800 Million in a grand partnership between the World Bank and the County Government of Kajiado.

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