After more than a year of waiting, Awasi market was officially opened and traders in Nyando moved by the county government of Kisumu into the newly constructed market.
With 88 stalls and 104 spaces, the opening of the market is a welcome relief to traders in Awasi who have been risking their lives trading by the roadside of the highway.
The Kisumu County's Department of Business, Cooperatives and Marketing today moved in traders to the modern market in a bid to ensure that the small business traders operate in hygienic and dignified conditions especially at this time of war against the possible spread of COVID-19.
The completion of this market is part of a wider strategy of the County government of ensuring that traders in the County ply their trade in dignified environments that do not unnecessarily increase their overheads.
This market funded by Kenha as part of the roadside amenities of the Mau Summit - Nyamasaria Road Project, will go along way in ensuring that the traders observe social distancing.
It also comes at a time when the government is inching closer by the day to the completion of Uhuru Traders Complex that is expected to take in almost 10,000 small traders.
The function was officiated by the County Minister for Trade and Co-operatives Prof. Judith Miguda-Attyang' and attended by senior officers from the department. Also in attendance was the area MCA and the Sub County Administrator Madam Nancy Wasama.