, MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 31 – President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off his working visit to the Coast region Wednesday by opening two key retail markets that will improve the working environment for small traders.
President Kenyatta first opened Kongowea market constructed by the National Government at a cost of Sh444 million and later Mackinnon market refurbished by the National Youth Service at a cost of Sh17 million.
Speaking at Kongowea market, President Kenyatta said: “Six months ago I came here and promised that we will complete the construction of the market that had stalled. Today I have opened it, fulfilling that promise.”
He urged residents to live and work together peacefully regardless of tribe or political affiliation.
The President said politics should not be allowed to stifle development and divide Kenyans.
He also challenged leaders not to incite Kenyans but help them live together harmoniously by cultivating peace and unity.
“Let us respect each other as leaders and concentrate on serving Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Nyali Member of Parliament Hezron Awiti Bolo thanked the President for facilitating the construction of the market.
Governor Joho said county and national governments are not competitors but work together to improve the welfare of the residents.
At both markets, President Kenyatta asked the management to ensure that there is fairness in the allocation of stalls so that original traders are not displaced.