The Embu Municipal market which was set ablaze by arsonists will be reconstructed after the county assembly of Embu allocated Sh10 million for its reconstruction. The project has now been turned into politics ahead of 2022. More than 50 traders had petitioned the county assembly to appropriate funds for the reconstruction of the old Marigiti Market. The petition was drafted by business owners and administrators including ward representatives by speaker Josiah Thiriku with a raft of prayers to the legislature. It has emerged the people who were compensated earlier in the year were neither stall owners nor administrators at the market. They further revealed that only the hawkers who were operating outside the market and storing their wares there were compensated. On March 13 this year, Embu Marigiti Market traders received Sh10million from Uhuru Kenyatta with Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa delivering. Each of the 50 traders received Sh50,000. Uhuru’s move was aimed at blocking his deputy William Ruto who had planned to do a major harambee to help the traders. Embu governor Martin Wambora was opposed to those behind the Ruto fundraiser. Wambora who is close to the Moi family since his days in provincial administration is backing Baringo senator Gideon Moi in the 2022 race. Led by Kirimari ward MCA Morris Muchiri, the MCAs reassured stall owners who were operating in the market, once county budget for the 2020/2021 financial year is enacted and assented to by Wambora, the construction works would start immediately. The Sh10 million is for the first phase of the project.
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