Plans to end Nairobi’s hawkers’ menace and improve the Nairobi city’s infrastructure, including markets, are at an advanced stage, following the completion of New Wakulima Market along Kangundo road.
On Monday Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said his administration is trying to ensure that all markets in Nairobi adhere to set standards, including safety guidelines
“My administration is trying to ensure that all our markets adhere to set standards, including safety guidelines. We, for example, want to ensure all our markets are storied in order to increase space and ensure safety and health standards are observed,” Said Sonko.
According to Sonko, Nairobi City County together with the National Government is also finalizing plans for the proposed construction of a modern state-of-the-art and Highrise Gikomba Market. The modern Market will have 5 floors and 525 stalls to accommodate all the current traders at the business centre.
According to the draft 2018-2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), the physical planning ratio shows there should be a market for every 25,000 people. Based on this, Nairobi has a deficit of 126 markets. Currently, Nairobi has 20 open-air markets and 23 large markets.
Sonko said the plan, therefore, proposes construction of an additional 20 outlets to be set up in the County Medium Term Plan (MTP III).
“Westlands market for example will have three floors each holding 140 stalls. The construction plan also has a provision for two extra floors to take care of the growing population of hawkers. It should be ready by December,” He said.