Governors explain county plans at KAM forum

July 3, 2013
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Kidero revealed that Nairobi County Government is set to move Wakulima Market from its current location/FILE
Kidero revealed that Nairobi County Government is set to move Wakulima Market from its current location/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – A public and private dialogue workshop organised by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) saw Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Kiambu Governor William Kabogo meet representatives and heads of business associations from Kiambu, Nairobi and Machakos counties in Nairobi.

During the two-day workshop organised for private sector stakeholders to impart skills on engaging county governments for improved service delivery, both governors outlined services delivery plans for Kiambu and Nairobi Counties.

Kidero revealed that Nairobi County Government is set to move Wakulima Market from its current location.

Kidero said that the market will be moved to a location between Outer Ring Road and Kangundo Road to ease congestion created by the market.

Kidero said there were also plans to build a double storey market at Kariokor and a bus park for vehicles coming from Nyeri.

He also revealed plans to build another market in Kangemi and a bus park for vehicles coming into the city from Limuru.

He called for standards in producing local goods so that they can compete with imported goods from China and India for the informal jua kali sector can thrive, adding that jobs will be created through small and medium enterprises.

“In the last six months Microsoft has moved its headquarters from South Africa to Nairobi, IBM moved their headquarters into Nairobi; General Electric has moved their headquarters to Nairobi, Air Morocco will commission two flights into Nairobi in the coming months, the United Nations (UN) has upgraded the UN headquarters in Nairobi from being a station to a fully fledged centre at the same level as Vienna, Geneva and New York,” he said.

On his part, Kiambu county governor Kabogo said that the county has plans to increase its revenue collection by automating parking.

In 2012/2013 the county collected Sh1 billion which is estimated to be 10 percent of revenue that the county can collect.

“The demand for space by manufacturers in Kiambu has been increasing. For example, in the last two years, 77 manufacturing organisations have set up base in Ruiru,” he said.

To meet demand, Kiambu County plans to set up an industrial park in Ruiru to attract investors.

Kabogo revealed that the county has acquired 10 acres near the Githurai exit on Thika Road and plans to set up a four storey market and a modern bus park.

The Kiambu Governor also said that more buildings are being erected in Kiambu County as the concrete jungle moved from Nairobi to Kiambu County.

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