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Good News to Gikomba Traders After The Government’s Latest Announcement

Kevin Ochieng

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Gikomba market is well known for its frequent fire outbreak. When this occurs,a lot of traders incure loses of millions of money. The police in most occasions have tried to investigate the cause of the fire but to no success.

Some of business people in the market have brought claims that the fire is linked to political rivalry in the area.

However, traders at the Gikomba market have a reason to smile as the construction of the modern shades is expected to be complete by the end of this month.

The newly built six-storey modern market will be fully be ready for the traders to occupy and carry on with their business activities.

324 stalls are expected to be occupied by traders who were chosen through the balloting system.

According to reports, the construction of the modern market has cost the Nairobi county a total of Sh493 million.

Speaking to the media during an inspection tour of the market yesterday, Flora Mworoa, the Nairobi county Commissioner instructed the Gikomba market committee to ensure that the allocation of stalls is done in a transparent and clear way and should only be given to people who have been trading in the market.

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“The balloting has already been done, the exercise being undertaken today is to give the traders the stall numbers.”

“We do not want to hear that the committee has brought names of outsiders and their relatives,” he told the press.

Mworia added that the constant fire outbreaks at the Gikomba market had triggerd the construction of the modern market. This was to provide traders with a perfect environment for business.

Additionally, boreholes are expected to be drilled in the market to provide clean water for the traders. This was according to Engineer Benjamin Njenga from the State Department of Housing and Urban Development who was speaking at the site.

Engineer Njenga also stated that a perimeter wall will be constructed around the market and CCTV cameras installed.

The government has used a total of SH1.4 billion to construct various markets in Nairobi county.

Other markets are in Starehe, Westland and Dagoretti.

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