By Guest contributor
Kitui South MP Hon Rachael Nyamai has Pleaded with the National Government to spare Ikanga Market in kitui south.
Hon Rachael Kaki Nyamai has petitioned Kenya National Highway Authority (KENHA) over the planned demolition of over 100 Shops at Ikanga Market in Kitui South along the Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui Road.
In her petition, Hon Kaki has requested the Director General of KENHA to spare the market and instead get a by pass or compensate the shop owners in case of demolition.
“I appeal to your honourable office, since the road design and construction are being done concurrently, to spare this market by getting a by pass and/or compensating the shop owners in case demolition are done.” Said hon Kaki in her statement
According to Hon Nyamai, the shops have been constructed as per the town plan of 1969 and 1973 with some of the shops being constructed 30 years ago a reason why it the town should be spared.
The MP has also appealed to the Highway Authority to hasten the process of compensation for cases that have been finalized along the Kitui – Kibwezi Road.
The Sh 18.4 billion Kitui-Kibwezi road project, whose construction was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2016 is expected to offer alternative route from the Port of Mombasa to the Lower, Upper Eastern Regions and Ethiopia hence, decongesting the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway and improve the economic competitiveness of lower eastern counties
It will also enhance trade, especially transportation of agricultural produce in the region, by serving the surrounding towns more efficiently and also boost tourism in Tsavo East National Park and Kitui South Game Reserve, exploitation of coal deposits at Mui Basin, limestone mining at Mutomo and iron ore at Ikutha.