President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government will compensate all traders who lost their property in the Thursday night infrerno at Gikomba Market, in Nairobi. This comes after the Head of State took it upon himself, to personally solve the problem which costs Kenyan traders millions every year.
Speaking after assessing damage caused by a fire incident, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said the Gikomba be modernized with the first phase set to be concluded within three months.
“We will do the infrastructure around here, we will erect a perimeter wall so that we isolate the market and we are promised by the community here that this is a building that is going to absorb an upward of 10,000 people here,” he said.
Besides a new building which is under construction within the expansive, he said other markets will also be constructed.
“We will continue to build new markets to ensure that people who are affected are absorbed. Unfortunately there are people who believe they will displace them,” he said warning, “there is no way this place will be converted into private spaces.”
While acknowledging the fire incidents are deliberate acts of arson, he warned those behind such attacks saying those found culpable will be charged in court.
“We just want to warn people that we believe are behind this is in futility. Gikomba is public land and it shall be used for public purposes even if we relocate traders who are here to the new markets that we are building,” he affirmed.
The PS urged members of community to volunteer information regarding the Thursday morning fire incident to the office of Nairobi Regional Commander.