Reconstruction of the new Kitengela market started on Tuesday morning after traders obeyed a court order to relocate and pave way for a facelift.
A possible forceful eviction was averted after all the traders heeded a call by county trade and enterprise development CEC member, Alvin Kimani to move.
The traders packed all their belongings on Monday evening and relocated to Kitengela stadium behind the new bus stop facing the local police station.
They moved peacefully following a court order to do so or else face forceful eviction.
A section of them had gone to court to block the county from moving to a new site to allow reconstruction because they suspect they will not be reconsidered in the new premises after the facelift.
On Tuesday morning Governor Joseph Ole Lenku lauded the move by the traders and assured the construction of the market will abide by the one-year timeline.
“We thank the traders who have rejected to be used by some politicians to frustrate the market’s facelift, and we are therefore determined to ensure we complete the market within one year,” said Lenku on the phone.
The further explained he has set aside Sh120 million for the project which he hopes will change the trading landscape of Kitengela.
On Wednesday, last week, a Kajiado court ordered the traders to relocate.
In a case filed by one of the traders, the court also ordered the County to ensure the market is complete within 12 months.
The Governor spoke as Kimani and his chief officer, Grace Saitoti, received the contractor at the new site.
The court had given the County Government an order not to charge its levies to the affected traders for two months to cushion them from the relocation costs.
The court order is seen as a big win for Governor Lenku who had promised to build the market afresh to create more space and opportunities to the business community.