Relief for Ngara traders as market levy cut to Sh150 a week



A hawker sells clothes at a footbridge near Fig Tree, Ngara along the Thika Superhighway. Photo/ENOS TECHE

The levy for traders at Fig Tree and Nyayo markets in Ngara, Nairobi has been reduced from Sh300 to Sh150 a week.

The new charge will take effect next week, said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

“My government is working to harmonise the fees because we cannot have traders in different parts of Nairobi paying more than others,” he said during a tour of the markets on Monday.

Kidero promised Fig Tree traders a permanent 10-storey market saying the county will take over the land whose lease has expired.

He assured Nyayo market traders that they will be given alternative working space to allow the construction of a road that will pass through the market.

“We will also construct 14,400 residential units for the residents of new and old Ngara, Pangani, Fort Jesus and Jevanjee old city council houses,” he added.

He underlined that non-residents will not be allocated any of the houses once construction is completed.

Area MCA Chege Mwaura asked Kidero to take action against county askaris saying they have been harassing the traders.