A section of Gikomba traders are still counting losses after an early morning Thursday fire destroyed part of the market. The fire started at around 3 am, razing down structures at the cereals and “mitumba” section.
Fires have become a normal occurrence in Gikomba market, with Kenyans alleging that the perennial fires are not accidents but planned by arsonists.
Few hours after the latest fire incidence, government officials visited the market to assess the damage caused.
The team of officials agreed with Kenyans that indeed the infamous Gikomba fires are acts of arson, revealing that government is set to erect a perimeter wall at the market as a measure of curbing these fires.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho also said that government had liaised with the National Police Service, National Intelligence Service, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and telecom giants Safaricom to install high mast CCTV security cameras in Gikomba market, to completely curb the vice that has seen traders losing millions of shillings in losses.
In a project that is looking into mordernising Gikomba and which is estimated to be concluded within three months, PS Kibicho further added that the market will also benefit from a borehole and a solid waste management and drainage system.
Meanwhile, the government will provide support in form of compensation to nearly 400 households that were left homeless after the latest fire.
PS Kibicho was accompanied by NMS boss Mohammed Badi and Kamukunji MP Yusuf Abdi.
Will these measures bring to an end the perennial Gikomba fires? That remains to be seen.