Solution at Last for Gikomba Traders as Government Puts in Place Measures to End Perennial Fires
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A section of Gikomba Market on fire. Photo courtesy
Traders at Gikomba are counting losses after fire razed down a section of the market in the early hours of the day. The cereals and second hand clothes, 'mitumba' sections were hit by the fire whose cause is yet to be established.
The market, situated within Kamukunji constituency in Nairobi has experienced numerous arsons in the last few years. Just in this year alone, today's inferno is the third, the previous ones being in February and April.
On 28th June 2018, one of the worst infernos hit the market leaving homes, stalls and properties destroyed and claiming lives of 15 people with scores injured.
In February and April this year, fires razed down sections of the the famous mitumba market. Property of unknown value was destroyed in the incidents. Efforts to get a lasting solution has never been met.
The National Government through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government has pledged to find a permanent solution to the problem. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
"To solve the frequent arson attacks and congestion in Gikomba Market, the Government will in approximately three months time install highmast CCTV security cameras, a perimeter wall, a borehole, a 100,000-litre water tank and a solid waste management and drainage system," the ministry said.
Kamukunji Member of Parliament Hon. Yusufu Hassan, Nairobi Metropolitan leadership and the national government hosted the leaders from Gikomba Market after accessing damage caused by the the inferno. This followed a directive from the president.