Taveta traders to benefit from KSh70 million modern market

Taita Taveta County Governor Andrew Mwadime and Trade, Tourism, industrialization and Cooperative Development Minister Getrude Shuwe during the meeting with the traders in Taveta Sub- county. Photo: Michael Oduor.

Traders in Taveta Sub- county, Taita Taveta County are set to benefit from a KSh70 million modern market under construction in partnership National Government and county administration.

The State is collaborating with the county under Economic Stimulus Programme. Speaking on Thursday, February 29 during the meeting with traders for deliberations on the construction of the modern market convened by the Department of Trade, Tourism, Industrialisation and Cooperative Development, Governor Andrew Mwadime assured them of the government’s readiness to improve their working environment and get rid of unfriendly policies that are threatening their businesses.

“Majority of our people are traders by nature and what they look for is the dignity of their hustles and the places they trade from.  But most of them trade in filthy places, where there is no road, sewerage and other amenities, which attracts few people with low purchasing power,”  Governor said.


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He added that his office is always open for engagement with investors including business owners, noting that they play a leading role in development in the county.

“This is a government that listens to the people. We are keen to ensure all our doors are open for collaborations with partners and soon you will see the fruits through Public Private Partnerships. Many investors have shown interest to invest in our County,” he said.

Mwadime further said that the National Government is constructing modern markets to give dignity to traders by transacting businesses in a decent place. He asked the traders to support the State projects which he said will benefit them.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Trade, Tourism, Industrialization and Cooperative Development, Getrude Shuwe assured traders that whereas the Government is keen to improve their working environment, businesses will not be affected by the construction of the new market.

“The Taveta town market will receive a facelift through support from the National Government. We will ensure minimum distraction of businesses throughout the construction period,” Said Shuwe.


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According to Shuwe, the ultramodern market will have a ground floor that will accommodate an open market for fresh produce. The first floor will house a lactation room for breastfeeding mothers. Also, it will contain an ICT room with internet, a boardroom, ATMs, food Court and revenue offices among others.

“I ask the residents to make good use of these modern facilities to engage in business and better their lives. The Government is ensuring that all traders are working in a serene environment and that is why these facilities are constructed,” she added.

“We are asking the governor to assure us that none of us will lose our trading spaces when the construction is done, and that we will be given a chance to choose our own leader for better management of the market,” noted a trader.

Traders also appealed to the county administration to prioritise such flagship projects in all the sub-counties stating that they will create jobs for the youth as well as enhancing inter-county trading.

By Michael Oduor/ oduormichael2021@gmail.com

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