Deputy President William Ruto has revealed that the Government is planning to construct a modern Gikomba market at a cost of Ksh 3 billion over the next 2 years. This comes on heels following the recent Gikomba arson tragedy last month.
He says the modern market will help in prevention of perennial fires while giving traders a better environment to carry out their businesses. Traders had in the beginning of the month been stopped from re-building their stalls so as to pave way for the re-building of the market.
The fires have always remained a mystery to the public while others speculate business rivalries and illegal grabbing of land. In 2015, residents claimed that original landowners in Majengo, Gorofani and Gikomba were being evicted by people who had allegedly been irregularly allocated title deeds by Nairobi.
Gikomba market is known for its informal trade of second hand clothes, groceries and furniture.