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Traders in Gikomba count losses after midnight fire..

Traders at the popular Gikomba market woke up to count their losses on Wednesday after a fire broke out, consuming valuables.

According to witnesses below, the fire broke out shortly after noon.


Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan said the fire had engulfed the southern part of the market at Jua Kali and near Muthurwa Primary School in Pumwani.

He said firefighters from various government units, including the KDF, responded to the area and controlled the blaze.

It’s been three months since the same market caught fire, and fed parts down.

The government, after the August fire, has promised to install CCTV cameras near the market as a security measure to ensure there are no hands on a regular fire.

Home Secretary General Karanja Kibicho issued the directives during a market visit on August 6, 2021, further giving the facility manager 7 days to complete the work.

“We will improve the lighting, we have asked the regional team to put maps of 10 lights with these lights, we will add CCTV cameras,” PS Kibicho said at the time.

Kibicho also noted that market access is a major challenge during emergencies.

He said the government has completed a new closed market in Gikomba and another will be ready by June next year.

According to PS Kibicho, this will reduce the number of traders who have taken to the streets.

PS said in June that the government wanted to identify the people suspected of causing frequent property fires in Gikomba market.

He said the government believed the fire was unnatural, adding that an office had been set up on the fifth floor of Nyayo House to investigate any information and was leading to exposure to developing companies causing pain and suffering. . traders.

“In government, we do not think this fire is natural. We think that there are people who think that by relocating traders here, they will have the opportunity to develop this land on a selfish basis, ”Kibicho said.

The status of surveillance and CCTV cameras, however, is still unknown.

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