In Summary
  • The project was revived in 2016 after it had stalled since 2012.
  • Mr Lawrence Mwangi attributed the delay to inadequate funding and change of contractors.

The construction of a Sh367 million retail market in Karatina, Nyeri County, touted as East Africa’s largest, has stalled again.

Some 1,200 businesspeople, who have been waiting to be allocated stalls for the past eight years, said work stopped in December 2017.

The traders’ association vice chairman, Mr Maina Karuri, told Senator Ephraim Maina that the contractor stopped working without notice, throwing them into confusion.

“Construction started in 2010 and was to be completed in three years. Since then, we have been trading under the scorching sun in the open air market with poor drainage and shelter,” Mr Karuri told the senator during a crisis meeting on Sunday at the market.

The contractor’s representative, High Point Agencies, declined to speak or comment on why the construction stalled.

RAINS

Senator Maina said the delay was an embarrassment.

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