Security challenges that traders operating from the Kimumu/Bahati Fresh Produce Market have been facing will soon be a thing of the past.
This follows plans by the Uasin Gishu County Security Committee to set up a police station near the market.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Dr Eddyson Nyale says the police station will help enhance security not only around the market but also in nearby estates.
The market is located in Kimumu ward, Ainabkoi Sub County, between Bahati and Ngomongo estates.
“There have been complaints about security in the market but I want to assure traders that we are working on having a police station there,” Dr Nyale said.
He further revealed that police patrols in the area will be enhanced.
The Kimumu/Bahati Fresh Produce Market recently burst into life after a section of traders that were operating from the closed Eldoret Retail Market relocated to it.
Others moved to the Kahoya market in Huruma estate, Turbo Sub County.
Lack of basic amenities
But while the traders had no option but to move to the other markets, there have been complaints over the lack of basic amenities.
Those at the Kahoya market have been up in arms over the lack of space with some of them being forced to operate from the roadside.
However, the ones at Kimumu/Bahati have complained about a lack of sufficient lighting – an issue the County Commissioner says will also be addressed.
“We know the issue of lighting. We will work with the county so that we install enough lighting around the market, for the security of traders and customers,” said the county security boss.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu recently improved the road network to the market – a move that was aimed at making it easily assessable and helping boost trade.
The Kimumu/Bahati market was constructed through a Ksh100 million funding raised jointly by the European Union and the county.
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter presided over its official opening in December 2021.