Taita Taveta County is set to reopen modern markets in Voi and Taveta towns amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the consultative forum held in Taveta, the newly appointed CECM in charge of Trade, Tourism, Industrialisation and Cooperative Development Vumi Ringo assured traders that the move is in line with an executive order from Governor Granton Samboja to reopen the open air markets.
Ms Ringo advised the traders to adhere to all set safety rules and regulations in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“We are going to furnish the market with thermos-guns at the entry point to take people’s temperatures. Hand washing stations will be available at the same point,” said Ms Ringo.
The CECM added that the market will be marked to ensure social distancing.
She added that, “With the washrooms in good condition, efforts are being made to repair taps in the market to maintain higher standards of hygiene.”
There will be installation of an exit gate to control movement and revenue collection when the markets are opened.
“Security enforcements will be operational at the gate for identification of traders to avoid infiltration by foreigners,” she added.
Ms. Ringo further stated that opening of the modern market is set to boost the county's economy.
“Re-opening markets not only means that sellers can get income to fend for themselves and their families, but they now also have the power to pay for their loans. It is going to be easy for buyers to purchase food supplies from a centralized location,” she told traders.
However, she reminding traders that the cess waiver is still in place as per Governor Samboja's executive order.
In attendance to the forum were County Chief Officer for Trade, Tourism, Industrialisation and Cooperative Development- Christine Mwakera, Economic Advisor- Mathew Njoroge, Director Tourism- Lewela Brian, Sub County Administrator Taveta- Dr. Seboru Sikujua,Trade Officer Aqulina Milimito, Acting Town Administrator- Noel Juma, Ward Administrators Maureen Kirigha and Rose Sariki representing Bomeni and Mata Wards respectively.