Nairobi’s chronic problems with the hawker menace could soon be a thing of the past following the completion of the New Wakulima Market.
Located along Kangundo road, the New Wakulima market has the capacity to accommodate more than 3,000 traders. Once fully complete, it will accommodate hawkers who will be relocated from Nairobi’s Central Business District, thus decongesting the city.
According to Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, the New Wakulima market is modern and adheres to set standards, including safety guidelines.
“Plans to end Nairobi’s hawkers’ menace and improve the city’s infrastructure, including markets, are at an advanced stage, following the completion of New Wakulima Market along Kangundo road,” announced Sonko.
He added: “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.”
The County boss said his administration 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.
He observed that Nairobi has a deficit of 126 markets based on the draft 2018-2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) which proposes that there should be a market for every 25,000 people,
“The plan, therefore, proposes construction of an additional 20 outlets to be set up in the County Medium Term Plan (MTP III),” said Sonko, adding, “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.”
Check out photos of the New Wakulima market below.