Kimutai Kirui, a prominent human rights activist based in Eldoret, has filed a formal complaint with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Eldoret, demanding immediate action against senior UasinGishu County officials implicated in the vandalization of the Eldoret 64 Wholesale Market.
The complaint alleges that items pilfered from the demolished market have been traced to the private residences of the County Secretary and the Market Master, raising concerns about misappropriation of public property and potential abuse of power.
Furthermore, Kirui asserts that the process contravened the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, casting a shadow over the legality and transparency of the entire undertaking.
“The actions of these senior county officials have caused significant hardship to the traders who relied on the Eldoret 64 Wholesale Market for their livelihoods,” said Kirui. “The wanton destruction of property and the apparent disregard for due process are unacceptable and demand immediate investigation and accountability.”
The national government has announced plans to construct a modern market facility capable of accommodating a larger number of traders, aiming to alleviate the economic hardship caused by the Eldoret 64 Wholesale Market’s closure.
“While we welcome the government’s commitment to providing alternative market space for the displaced traders, we cannot overlook the grave concerns raised by the demolition process and the alleged misappropriation of public property,” Kirui stated. “The EACC and DCI must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation to determine the extent of any wrongdoing and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”
The EACC and DCI have initiated investigations into the matter, and their findings are eagerly awaited to determine the veracity of the claims and establish the extent of any wrongdoing.