The Star (Nairobi)

22 April 2014

Kenya: Hawkers in Talks Over Mombasa Market Space

HAWKERS in Mombasa may soon be resettled as negotiations to allocate them designated areas are almost complete. The county government and the hawkers were in talks to resettle them at Makadara grounds in town.

This is after High Court judge Edward Muriihti directed the county and the traders to agree on where the hawkers should operate from. The hawkers' chairman Abdikadir Osman told the Star on the phone that they are delighted that will finally get a market to sell their goods from .

"We have suffered for long and we hope that the county government will give us Makadara grounds since it is empty compared to the three markets they had proposed," he said.

Earlier, the county government had proposed three major markets for the resettlement of the hawkers after they moved to court for a proper interpretation of the ruling made by the High Court on February 18.

In the February ruling, the county was directed to allow the hawkers to operate outside the central business district while awaiting the hearing of their main petition.

The county government through lawyer William Mogaka, proposed Kongowea, Sega and Majengo markets for hawkers while they await a permanent solution.

Mogaka informed the court that progress has been made after meeting the parties and if given time, negotiations will be made for them to operate from the market they proposed. He however said he needed to consult his client before making any decisions.

The hawkers through their lawyer, Leornard Shimaka informed the court that they had a counter proposal of them being resettled at the Mwembe Tayari market which they said is unoccupied.

Shimaka informed the court that his clients were more comfortable operating from the Mwembe Tayari market as the markets proposed by the county government are flooded with other hawkers.

He told the court that the markets proposed would not accommodate a good number of hawkers and would create conflict between them and the existing hawkers in the markets.

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