REBUILDING

[PHOTOS] Rebuilding starts at Gikomba after Monday fire

This is even before the fire is fully put off in some sections.

In Summary

•This is even before the fire is fully put off in some sections.

•The traders say they are opting to move on as most of them depend on the business for their daily needs.

Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI

Traders at the Gikomba market have commenced reconstruction on their business booths a day after fire consumed a section of the market.

Fire is yet to be fully put out in some sections.

The traders say they are opting to move on as most of them depend on the business for their daily needs.

Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI

They have urged the government to intervene and pursue justice on thier behalf.

The latest fire broke out at 1am on Monday morning with the cause yet to be established.

Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI

For the umpteenth time, a section of the biggest open-air market in East Africa was gutted by fire, exposing the government that has previously said it would put an end to the fires. 

The market has become prone to frequent fires, despite government promising an end to the infernos.

Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI

In 2018, the market experienced three fire cases, which led President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for investigations into the incident and for culprits to be brought to book.

In June that year, 15 people died and at least 60 injured when a section of the market dealing with timber and clothes was burnt.

Despite the President's directive, there has never been a concluded investigation nor has there been anyone arrested and charged.

Gikomba market /WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market /WILFRED NYANGARESI

With most fires breaking out at night, it is difficult to identify the culprits, with the blame shifted to electrical faults, nearby houses and at times traders themselves who claim petrol is used to lit the fires.

Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI
Gikomba market traders reconstruct their business booths barely a day after fire consumed a section of the market/WILFRED NYANGARESI