Pain in Gikomba as Traders Wake Up to Demolitions [PHOTOS]

  • The demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi July 14, 2020.
    The demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi July 14, 2020.
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  •  A section of traders in Gikomba market, Nairobi, on Tuesday, July 14, woke up to find their stalls demolished.

    The demolition that was conducted under police supervision was meant to pave the way for road construction in the area.

    Pictures shared online showed the distraught traders looking over their now-flattened stalls in despair.

    The demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
    The demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
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    The demolitions came just two weeks after a fire razed down a section of the market including a number of cereals and mitumba sections opposite COTU offices.

    Police at the scene of the demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
    Police at the scene of the demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
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    The government through Interior PS Karanja Kibicho pledged to compensate traders who lost goods in the fire and announced that investigations would be conducted.

    Police at the scene of the demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
    Police at the scene of the demolitions at Gikomba market in Nairobi on July 14, 2020.
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    The June incident was the fourth time the market has been engulfed in flames in 2020, with a huge section of the stalls burning down to ashes on two separate occasions in April and once in February.

    In the latest fire, Starehe MP Charles Njagua questioned whether it was engineered by the government as he noted that National Youth Service (NYS) servicemen were at the market demolishing stalls that traders had reconstructed after the fire.

    Here's a video of the demolitions on July 14, 2020:

    Jaguar also alleged that GSU officers were also at the site, protecting the recruits that were demolishing the stalls.

    The popular market has had an unfortunate history with perennial fire accidents. In August 2019, property worth more than Ksh100 million was reduced to ashes at the market.

    In June 2018, at least 15 people died while more than 60 were injured in a night fire at the same market.

    Scenes from the demolition at Gikomba market on July 14, 2020.
    Scenes from the demolition at Gikomba market on July 14, 2020.
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