Early X-mass as County opens doors to hawking

The County government of Uasin Gishu has identified space for hawkers in Eldoret town.

Deputy governor Daniel Chemno said hawkers would be allowed to use Kenyatta and Nandi streets from 6pm.

"From December 22nd, we will open the streets hawkers to conduct their business until the 3rd of January 2017 where it will be closed," he said. 

Speaking during the launch of Uasin Gishu Hawkers Sacco in Eldoret, Chemno urged all hawkers to join Saccos to be empowered financially and ease management of their businesses. 

"We will only allocate space to hawkers who are registered in Saccos."

Trade CeC Philip Melly on his part  said the County government was willing to support hawkers financially, in terms of loans. 

"In this financial year we allocated Sh80 million to Saccos and in the next financial year we will increase it to Sh100 million for more people to benefit,'' he said, Tuesday. 

"The loans given at 5 per cent interest will help hawkers enhance their businesses,'' said Melly.

While giving his remarks, Liscencing and Compliance County director Silas Letting asked the hawkers to read compliance documents given to them and also pay revenue in time.

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