East Africa’s largest open air market Gikomba was last night engulfed in flames and razed to the ground.
Goods worth millions of shillings was destroyed by the blaze which us reported to have started from one of the stalls.
The market, which was just being rebuilt after another fire last month, reportedly started shortly after midnight and spread very fast engulfing the entire market sire within a short span.
Fire brigade arrived and controlled the huge flames. Traders were this morning counting their loses with parts of the market still smouldering.
On October 6th 2017, a fire broke out at the market destroying goods worth millions. Cash strapped Nairobi County government was in process of rebuilding the market. It is not confirmed if Governor Mike Sonko’s pledge of a compensating the traders and faster fire response was ever fulfilled.
On the October 23rd 2017, Uhuru Kenya and Mike Sonko received 26 Firefighters to boost emergency response in the city. The Nairobi Governor had allegedly assigned two fire trucks at Gikomba’s disposal owing to several fire incidences in the market but were not immediately on site at the time of last night’s fire.
It is suspected that that Gikomba fires are the work of paid arsonists working at the behest of business cartels keen to control the wholesale and retail on the multi billion shillings business.