In what is becoming a frequent routine in the headlines, a section of Gikomba market has been razed by fire in a suspected arson case. Hundreds of traders are counting losses after a section of the market, line 42 was gutted in the early Wednesday morning incident, with many stalls destroyed. Firefighters rushed to the scene shortly after the fire started.
Calls to secure the market and ensure the safety of traders and goods have fallen on deaf ears so far, with the perennial problem popping up every year. No casualties were reported although the Nairobi regional commander Philip Ndolo said the authorities don’t really know what caused the fire but investigations are underway. The incident comes weeks after another market in Nairobi, Toi market, was razed by fire, with alleged claims that it was a laid out plan by arsonists.