Magelo wants recent Ngong market allocations halted

Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo.

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What you need to know:

  • Mr Magelo claimed that many genuine traders who were at the old Ngong market for years have been left out in the allocations.
  • He said the process has been skewed against locals who have missed out in the allocations.
  • Building of the Sh800 million market, which sits on an acre of land, began mid last year.
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Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo has called on the national government to suspend the recent allocation of market stalls in Ngong to 1,653 traders.

While opposing the move by the national government, Mr Magelo claimed that many genuine traders who were at the old Ngong market for years have been left out in the allocations.

He said that most traders who have been allocated the stalls are not from either Ngong town or Kajiado County.

“I support the national government but, on this one, I would like it to suspend the allocations. You cannot bring people from outside then you give them market spaces at the expense of the locals,” said Mr Magelo.

He said the process has been skewed against locals who have missed out in the allocations.

Sensitive issue

“It will bring a lot of confusion since this is a very emotive and sensitive issue. I am also calling upon local leaders to stand up for their people,” he said.

Mr Magelo’s sentiments come after the Ministry of Transport and Urban Development, in a public notice on Tuesday, said that it has identified 1,653 persons who will be directly allocated the market stalls at the new four-storey ultra-modern Ngong market in Kajiado North Constituency.

This is after the ministry announced that the modern market is now complete and ready for occupation.

Building of the Sh800 million market, which sits on an acre of land, began mid last year. The market has the potential to serve more than 2,000 traders.

The project was financed by the World Bank through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Programme (NaMSIP).

It is one of three multi-million shilling market projects under NaMSIP in Kajiado County. Others are Ole Kasasi and Kitengela markets.

The traders had been relocated last year to a temporary market near Ngong Stadium to pave way for the construction of the modern market.