Business persons have called on Baringo County government to relocate Eldama Ravine open air market to town.
They said that they have been counting losses since the market was moved out of town last year as a precaution of ensuring social distance in the market.
Speaking to Baringo News the businessmen and women accused Eldama Ravine town acting administrator Bismack Kosgei for not acting on the challenges they are facing, despite reaching out to him.
They said that their customers no longer visit the town market but instead are going to open air market that was moved Eldama Ravine Stadium.
“The market was moved out of town due to Covid-19 and now that the president has opened businesses Baringo County government is not doing anything to ensure that the market is back to where it was before.” Said Eldama Ravine market chairman Isaack Korir.
They added that they are ready to accommodate the sellers who have been selling their goods at Eldama Ravine stadium open air market.
“We are going to accommodate our colleagues who do not have slots here if the County government relocates the market back to town. We are counting losses because customers are not coming here to buy goods. We do not even get money to pay revenue, rent and to repay our loans.” Said Mary Nyamesa a business woman.
On his part Eldama Ravine acting administrator who is on leave said that he is going to meet the traders and come up with a solution noting that Covid-19 protocols should still be adhered to.
“Once I resume to work I will have a meeting with them and see how we are going to help them. They should also remember that Covid-19 is still with us and we should not neglect the guidelines from the Ministry of Health.” Said Kosgei.
He called on the traders to be patient saying that the relocation of the market goes through some procedures and it involves other stakeholders such as health department.
“They should understand that it is not for me to decide whether to relocate the market or not, but I am going to help them, once I meet their representatives.” He added.