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Kenyan traders blame police after losing their property to morning fire at Gikomba market in Nairobi

NAIROBI-(MaraviPost)-Several Kenyan traders doing business at popular Gikomba market in Nairobi are stranded after waking up to remains of metal and wooden shacks that served as shops, stores and workshops following early morning fire that has razed down their properties.

Reports indicated that the April 6, 2020, Monday morning fire started around the Wee hours in the market affecting area 42 with no immediately cause established.

No casualties were immediately reported but property whose value could not be immediately established were lost.

This has happened barely less than two months since the market experienced another fire incident which destroyed numerous goods worth millions.

Some trader have accused the police of playing a part in the fire incidents since nobody has ever been apprehended for them.

In a report by pulse Kenya, One trader in particular popularly known as Marcus who has luckily escaped the tragedy claimed that he might have had a clue of what happened to the recent fire incident.

He revealed that Tanzanian cartel who controls the market have been terrorising the traders for failing to bow down to their rules.

“You either adhere to their rules or you suffer the consequences. Traders who are defiant have arson visited on their properties at the hands of paid street urchins,” he said.

In previous fire incidents, authorities promised a speedy investigation into the fires and ensure the culprits are brought to book. Among others, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had promised to form a multi-agency team to investigate the cause of the fire but nothing nothing has happened to date.

Angella Semu
Angella Semu
I hold a Bachelor of science degree in Agriculture Development Communication that I obtained from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I previously worked with The Nation Publications Limited since 2018 before joining The Maravi post particularly on Agriculture Desk as an intern before I became a correspondent. Currently I am reporting for The Maravi Post mainly in International News and locally in the Southern region of Malawi.
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