By Brighton Makori .
Kisii county ..………….As Covid 19 ravages the country, the British government, jointly with Kisii county has started constructing a Covid 19 compliant market at Daraja Mbili market in Kisii county to de congest Kisii Town’s central Business District.
The pilot market, to be built under Britain’s Sustainable Urban Development ( SUED) program will accommodate 2250 traders and will cost about Ksh. 1. billion.
SUED team leader, Duncan Onyango said the market will be built in three phases, adding phase one will cost between ksh. 20 to Ksh. 30 m and will be replicated in other areas once it is successful.
“ We have taken the model of Daraja Mbili modern market. Once the Covid 19 compliant market is complete, it will ease congestion in Daraja Mbili market” Onyango said during the ground breaking ceremony on Monday .
Okibo said 12 municipalities are benefiting nationally, adding Daraja Mbili open market is the third largest in the country and locals and traders from neighboring countries.
“ The contractor has started work and, once the market is over, traders who sell their goods near the road will be accommodated and enhance their businesses” Okibo said.
Shamji lauded the British government for the support, saying the project will be implemented and completed within the given time frame to benefit traders.
Kisii town, one of the highly congested towns was elevated to a Municipality in 2018 through a Gazette Notice Number 1236 of November 30. Members of the Assembly approved it and Governor James Ongwae assented to it.
The official, accompanied by County Executive Committee members- Dr Walter Okibo, Roads, Public Works, Ednah Kangwana, Administration and Municipality Board chairman, Jamil Shamji said the market will be ready in two months.