His Excellency Governor (Dr.) Moses N. Badilisha’s commitment two weeks ago to upgrade Soko Mpya market in Magumu Ward, Kinangop Sub-County is on course following consultations with representatives of the Micro Enterprise Support Program Trust (MESPT).
Speaking after the meeting today in Ol’Kalou, County Executive Committee Member for Tourism, Trade, Cooperative Development and Industrialization Hon. Agnes Njunji said priorities will include infrastructure development and capacity building to have Soko Mpya’s traders aggregate into a savings and credit co-operative society to attract financial support from MESPT and other development partners.
MESPT has already demonstrated its commitment to the Governor’s Soko Mpya agenda by supporting a pilot COVID-19 control program, construction of two market shades, installation of hand washing points, electricity connectivity, purchase of a 10,000-litre water tank and capacity building for 45 staff from Hon. Njunji’s department on various issues.
The County boss has previously highlighted how critical the facility is to Nyandarua’s revenue base, and proposed to upgrade it into two separate markets to serve wholesale and retail customers.
Located near the Flyover interchange, which is the main gateway into Nyandarua, the 276-member market is a popular stop for travelers plying the Northern Corridor, which includes the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Hon. Njunji was accompanied by her counterparts Hon. (Dr.) Paul Wanjau (Public Service, Administration and Devolution) and Hon. Francis Miring’u (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries).