Kibuye market fenced off, set for construction


Barely two months after the County Government of Kisumu announced the closure of Kibuye market as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, it appears the traders might have to wait further.

This is after the county government fenced off Kibuye market amid protest from traders who owned buildings at the market.

The fencing off, is a step towards the construction of the market under Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) at a cost of Sh. 140 million.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o says the plan is to put up a building that will bring sanity in the market.

Nyong’o told traders at the market, especially, carpenters, tailors, blacksmith and individual shops to bear with the county government.

They will have to wait longer before going back to their respective business premises, probably, after the completion of the construction whose time frame is not yet clear.

Nyong’o who was responding to questions from journalists when he issued a press statement over Corona virus preparedness in the county says the market must be improved.

The traders were sent away in March, this year, after concerns over overcrowding at a time the Ministry of Health was categorical over social distance.

They were relocated to Moi Stadium at the parking lot to enable the traders to observe social distancing rule, however due to the high number of traders, the space isn’t enough.