Waiguru launches two markets along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana-Marua dual carriage
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Thursday launched two markets along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana- Marua dual carriage.
The two markets — Kibingoti and Sagana — target the local residents as well as travelers along the busy highway who stop over to purchase agricultural produce such as rice, vegetables, sweet potatoes and arrowroots among others. Information from the County’s Department of Trade indicates that the two markets receive about 2,000 buyers on a daily basis.
While launching the markets, Waiguru said that they were in fulfilment of her campaign pledges to the area traders.
She said that each of the two markets now have the capacity to accommodate about 500 traders, an increase from 100 traders that could be accommodated before. The markets are connected with electricity and have modern sanitation facilities.
Sagana and Kibingoti bring to 11 the number of markets that Governor Waiguru’s administration has built in the last three years. Others are Makutano, Wang’uru, Kutus, Kerugoya, Kianyaga, Kagumo, Kiamutugu, Kagio Fresh Produce market and Kagio Clothes Market.
The governor said that the markets provide a conducive environment for traders to transact their business while farmers have a place to sell their produce adding that this year the county government is putting up more markets.
Sagana Market Chairman, Benson Wanjohi, said that the new market sheds came as a great relief to traders who for a long time have had to endure harsh conditions especially during the rainy season.
“Even our customers are happy and we expect business to get better since it will attract more customers,”he said.
Upon request by Sagana traders, the governor directed the Department of Works to designate one street within the central business area of the town where traders can sell their wares in the evenings. She also promised to build sheds for boda boda operators in Kibingoti and Sagana.
The 84 kilometers dual carriage, which is being constructed by the Kenya National Highways Authority(KeNHA) passes through Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nyeri Counties and forms part of the 800 kilometers Great North Road that runs from Mombasa through Nairobi to Moyale.
The highway is expected to bring with it many investment opportunities for the local community and open the area for business, with Sagana and Kibingoti among other towns along the highway being major beneficiaries.
At the same time, Waiguru appealed to the residents to vote for BBI since it will bring immense benefits for people in the region. She said that the proposed amendments will increase the county’s revenue allocation from the current Ksh. 4.8 billion to Ksh. 8 billion which will enable the county to realize enormous development and reduce dependency on the national government.