Residents of Mandera town are in a joyous mood following the opening of the first ever supermarket in the region.

Previously, the residents had to travel for many kilometres to Wajir to access a supermarket for one-stop shopping.

But it is now a relief for them after the opening of El-Matt Supermarket on Tuesday.

“I am happy that at last we have a supermarket in Mandera. Previously, the nearest one has been in Wajir, about 400 kilometres away,” said Ms Halima Ahmed.

She said the supermarket will provide an opportunity for locals to access goods under one roof and at least bring some sense of civilisation to Mandera town.

El-Matt’s proprietor Hussein Ali Haji said he is targeting the rising population in Mandera.