15 August 2014

Kenya: 3,000 New Kiosks for Mombasa Hawkers

THE Mombasa county government will construct about 3,000 kiosks for hawkers.

The deal will see construction of new kiosks, installation of streetlights and standard toilets in designated areas in the CBD.

The project will cost Sh600 million.

The hawkers, under the Association of Medium and Small Enterprises, said they were left out of the deal.

They said they were not invited to the signing ceremony of the agreement at the governor's office yesterday.

Trade executive Mohammed Abdi said hawkers were represented by the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industries chairman James Mureu.

Speaking during the ceremony, Abdi said an investor, Goshen Investment Ltd, approached the county government to sign the deal.

Goshen will put up kiosks along identified roads in the CBD and outside the island while the county government will put up toilets and streetlights.

The identified areas are Mbaraki, Mwembe Tayari and Buxton.

Construction of the kiosks will be completed in six months.

Mombasa Hawkers' Association organising secretary Boniface Owino said the deal signed will not resolve their problems.

"These planned structures will take about a year to be completed. Where do they expect us to be earning our living?" he said.

"After the construction, the investor and the county might allocate them to other people," he added.

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