Today, hawkers and owners of stalls that were demolished at Railways, Kisumu CBD, those relocated from Kibuye Market and on the highways are set to be allocated business spaces at Uhuru Business Park Market. Traders whose biometrics and names had been published in the Kenya Gazette will be given the first priority to occupy the spaces.
The project that is being headed by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works and the Ministry of Interior has relocated about 600 traders in the first phase.
The new KShs 600 million Uhuru Business Park Complex Market has the capacity to accommodate 10,000 businesses. According to Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Magu Mutindika, the construction work is complete and the market complex is ready for business.
A special committee was formed to analyze and validate the list of traders, where those displaced during the refurbishment of Kisumu Port and others who paved way for the project will be given first priority.
“I urge the traders who have been validated by the special committee to turn up that day for they will surely get business spaces.”
Plans are at an advanced stage to open the modern market, which will gradually be transformed into a business hub. City Manager, Abala Wanga says the traders must first occupy the place, showcase and provide their products and services to the general populace for some time, before it can be commissioned. Kisumu County Government signed a lease agreement with the Kenya Railways Corporation to hand over of the Sh350 million Uhuru Business Park Complex market to the County management.