Traders at Nairobi’s Gikomba Market are counting their losses after yet another fire broke out, destroying property of unknown value.

Traders were seen struggling to salvage some of their merchandise in the market after the fire was extinguished.

The fire started on Saturday, according to witnesses.

One of the affected traders, whose store is fully burnt down, alleges that the fire was caused by some ‘tycoons’ blaming them for stabbing their businesses a huge loss.

“They know what they are doing but sisi hatujali. Inatuuma sana ni matajiri wetu. I wish gava (government) inaeza angalia hii maneno hata kama haitatusaidia sana,” he said speaking to a local source.

It is barely three months since the same market went up in flames.

Following the August fire, the government promised to install CCTV cameras around the market as a security measure to ensure that no one is to blame for the frequent fires.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho gave the directive while touring the market on August 6, 2021, further giving the contractor in charge of the installations 7 days to complete the job.

“We will improve on the lighting, we have directed the regional team to map 10 lighting points and those lights we will add CCTV cameras.” PS Kibicho said then.


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