Its end of the road for cartels who have been fraudulently hoodwinking traders at Witeithie market in Juja Sub County after Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu banned their operations.
Vendors have been complaining that three persons purporting to be the leaders of the populous market have been demanding money in order to allocate them marketing stalls.
Speaking when he inspected the ongoing renovation at the market, Waititu who was accompanied by Juja DCC Charles Muriithi and his security team ordered for transparent market leadership elections immediately dissolving the current market management.
“There will be elections on on April 26 to elect officials who will replace the cartels No one is supposed to collect any charges for work not done. You should not pay anyone even a penny if he or she has not been serving you,” said Waititu.
He said the balloting of available spaces at the market and elections will be conducted in a fair, free and accountable manner.
He warned unscrupulous cartels who had illegally sold spaces to unsuspecting members to make immediate refunds or face stern consequences.
Waititu said since the market had limited space, another market will be constructed alongside other development projects which include a primary school, health facility, toilets and installation of water at the market.
DCC Charles Muriithi who thanked Waititu for resolving the longstanding market squabbles that had proven to be a security threat urged those operating at the market to observe law and order.
Wakika Sacco Secretary, John Thungu Muniu urged the authorities to flash out criminals from outside the area who were masquerading as bodaboda operators.
“The criminals pose as genuine bodaboda operators during the day but turn thugs at night. The crooks are actually behind the alarming incidents of criminal activities including drug peddling in this area,” added Thungu.
Muriithi assured residents that security would be beefed up.