Traders want Kakamega Market upgraded

Merchants at the newly-constructed Kakamega Market want it renovated.

Vincent Boge and Duncan Mugwero sorts fresh pineapples and water melons in Kakamega town. [Photo, Standard]

 
Merchants at the newly-constructed Kakamega Market have called on the county government to renovate the facility.

The traders said lack of a roof had left them and their wares exposed to adverse weather conditions.

The facility's upper section is open with a few enclosures that cause the market to flood when it rains.

Several traders have abandoned the upper section, saying it endangers their lives and keeps customers away.

“The rains and direct sun rays have seen many traders seek refuge elsewhere. Besides, customers can hardly access this place,” said John Ong’ayo, who owns a food kiosk. 

Conslata Kendi, Jane Washira and Ruth Sauti said they incur huge losses during the rainy season, adding that they suffer so much yet they pay tax. 

John Kalawangwa, the revenue officer, could not be reached for comment.

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