Three individuals have come forward to the Eldoret Police Department alleging the involvement of senior officials from the Uasin Gishu County Government engaging in vandalism at the Eldoret 64 wholesale market.
The police are currently investigating the accusations.
The allegations surfaced following concerns raised by Eldoret-based human rights activist Kimutai Kirui, who 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.
Kirui claims former governor Jackson Mandago’s administration invested over 30 million Kenyan shillings in market renovations.
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.
The Eldoret Police Department has stated that it is taking the allegations of vandalism seriously and is committed to conducting a thorough investigation. The department has also urged anyone with additional information to come forward.