As the Phase One of the new Gikomba market complex construction progresses, wrangles are loud and far from the over 30,000 traders about the allocation of the new stores.
Reports from a local station claimed that traders at the Nairobi based market, complained of being asked for money by the management of the new market complex.
However, a section of those in-charge led by their chair Samson Wanjohi came out in defense, saying that the money was meant to cater for final touches of the building.
“We pleaded with the government to build some lockable stores for us, but they declined, citing there was insufficiency of funds,” Wanjohi said.
Mr. Wanjohi said therefore that the money they asked for was meant to cater for the minor finishes in construction.
“We told the traders to offer money so that we can fix the doors, windows and lighting for the stores. We want to have uniformity therefore we’d like to award that tender to one contractor,” Wanjohi continued.
He urged the traders to ignore propagandists who were inciting them into believing that corrupt deals were the only way to secure a store.
“People should stop spreading rumors that the local authorities involved in this project are conning people in the name of allocating them stores. One was saying that the chief asked for money and offered receipt. It is not true,” Wanjohi continued.
A section of those who have been allocated stores, thanked the government for the concrete places of business, dismissing rumors about corruption deals surrounding the allocations.
“We have been saved future losses as we have been experiencing every year from the abrupt fires. The new stores are also offering enough access to customers,” one of them said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the new Gikomba business complex upon completion.