25TH JULY 2020
EMBU ASSEMBLY ALLOCATES KSH 10M FOR MARKET RECONSTRUCTION
Embu Ward Representatives have set aside Ksh 10 Million for the reconstruction of the Embu Municipal Covered market which was set ablaze by arsonists earlier this year.
Led by Kirimari MCA Morris Muchiri, the MCAs sought to reassure the 52 stall owners who were operating in the market, popularly known as markiti, that construction works would start soon after the County Budget for the 2020/2021 Financial Year is enacted and assented to by Governor Martin Wambora.
Muchiri asserted that the original stall owners woud be given the first priority when the ground floor of the market is complete, while other jobless youth and budding small-scale entrepreneurs would be considered for allocation of trading spaces in other floors as construction of the multi-storey building progresses.
While acknowledging that Ksh 10 Million was only a starting tranche for the first phase of the project, the MCA thanked his counterparts Deputy Speaker Steve Simba (Runyenjes Central), Budget Committee Chairman Harrison Mwaluko (Mwea) and Trade Committee Chairman Masters Mwaniki (Kiambere) for advocating for allocation of the funds during the budget-making process.
Muchiri at the same time scoffed at unscrupulous politicians whom he alleged were behind the arson attack and warned them to stop gambling with the lives of traders in Kirimari Ward. He also called on installation of firefighting equipment at the new market and rehabilitation of county fire engines to help contain fire disasters in future.
According to Ruguru-Ngandori MCA Muturi Mwombo, Embu town needs a modern market and only a high-rise building would solve the congestion problem at markiti market. He urged his colleagues to consider allocating more funds in subsequent supplementary budget to actualise the plan of building a business complex at the site where the old market stood.
MCAs who lauded the reconstruction of the market acknowledged that markiti hosted traders who originated from various other wards across the county. They conceded that being at the heart of the county headquarters, the market needs to be upgraded from a few small stalls to a business park that could house several other traders operating without permanent business premises within the town.
The budgetary allocation comes after more than 50 traders who lost their property when the market was gutted down in March this year wrote a petition to seek the intervention of the County Assembly to ensure Markiti is reconstructed, business people compensated and stalls reallocated to them.