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Traders at Mombasa’s Mackinnon Market which is popularly known as Marikiti Market along Digo Road in Mombasa county have a reason to smile after Governor Ali Hassan Joho led the county administration in launching the newly refurbished market.
In line with the county’s vision of transforming Mombasa into a 24-hour economy, Joho says his administration through the Department of Finance and the Trade, Tourism and Investment department, is investing heavily in the market through ensuring easy accessibility by improving access roads to the market, installation of security lights and CCTV cameras, water tanks and overall painting of the entire market.
Finance and Economic Planning CeC who is also the acting Trade CeC Maryam Mbaruk, Deputy Governor William Kingi and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir addressed traders, assuring them of the county government’s support in boosting the county’s eceonomy.
Traders at the market which is situated in Old Town, Mvita Constituency will also have their accumulated debts owed to the county government as taxes and rent written-off in an aim to catapult them back to business after experiencing difficulties in doing business this period of Covid-19.
In May, when Old Town was locked-down for recording high cases of Covid-19, operations at the market were also affected, a move that saw Governor Joho’s administration kick-start the process of refurbishing the market, despite lamentations from some of the traders during that time.
Built in 1914, Mackinnon Market is known for fresh spices (including: black pepper, cinnamon (bark, not ground), saffron, cardamom, Chia seeds, pure nutmeg powder, pilau, Hibiscus flower and powder, masala, Moringa seeds, pure honey, cardamom, turmeric and curry powders among other items).