Kajiado court on Tuesday temporarily stopped the county government from evicting traders at Kitengela market for purposes of renovation.
The traders’ representative, Joseph Kinyanjui, sought court intervention through a certificate of urgency filed by lawyer Peter Omino, in stopping the county government from moving out the business people.
Kinyanjui argued that the county government gave the traders a one week notice to move to another site without consulting them.
He told Kajiado Senior Principal Magistrate, Margaret Kasera, through lawyer Omino, that the county government planned to move them to another location without consulting the leadership of their members.
The businessman went to stop the county government’s Sh40 million project that was expected to take off on April 27.
Governor Joseph Lenku on Friday, last week, in an interview with the Star, had revealed the project is under the governor’s flagship program that would have seen the reconstruction of a storeyed modern market building capable of housing more traders than the current 1, 500.
Lenku, through the Department of Trade, had given the traders up to April 26 to temporarily relocate to open space near Kitengela police station. But the traders are worried that the trade department is working with “strangers” purporting to be genuine traders.
Kasera certified the application as urgent and ruled that, pending its hearing and determination, the county government, their employees or agents be restrained from trespassing, demolishing structures, forcefully or otherwise evicting the plaintiffs/applicant.
The magistrate set the inter parte hearing to be on May 29.