The County Ministry of Trade has finalized plans of putting up a modern market at Katilia ward in Turkana East sub county to boost economic income of the locals.

CEC for Trade Charles Lokiyoto has said complete renovation and operationalization of the market was long overdue and therefore required urgent commitment to make it move.

Speaking at Lokori when he met the market management committee, CEC Lokiyoto said concerted effort is needed to fast track market renovation and finishing for eventual opening.

He thanked the women group that took active role in initial renovation of the structure and called on the community to give them full support and ensure this vision is realized.

Lokiyoto equally asked traders to take advantage of Biashara and Cooperative funds to be disbursed soon in readiness for the market operation to boost their businesses.

Acting Chief Officer for Trade James Lokwale told the committee to prioritize market users when distributing Biashara and Cooperative fund loan application forms.

He said there was an urgent need to operationalize the market following a huge influx of business people to the area to buy available produce for commercial use.

Lokwale tasked sub county, ward Administrator and the committee to work out on modalities on how businesses will pay taxes and harmonize prices to prevent exaggerations.

This modern market, he added, will be the first to be officially opened among the stalled structures.

The Committee is required to provide a list of market users by next week.


Also present were were sub county Administrator Reuben Eleo, Ward Admins Simon koloi ( Katilia) and Nikilau Chamale ( Lokori).