Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Gikomba traders’ looming date with excavators

You will likely wake up on Sunday, January 9th to harrowing scenes of excavators flattening your stalls when the government demolishes stalls in part of the market to pave the way for Quarry Road construction.

However, the dealers claim that the planned road construction is just a cover-up of the damage they will suffer.

“We are occupying a riverside land. We wonder which road the government wants to build along the Nairobi River, ”said a trader, adding that he was operating out of fear of victimization.

On Friday, January 7th, the local Administration, including the area chief and the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) made rounds urging dealers to evacuate the area. This is the only formal vacation notice they have been sent, according to traders. However, The Nation was unable to verify these claims immediately.

For years, mysterious fires have devastated parts of the market, with the government promising permanent solutions from time to time.

< A lack of access roads has always been blamed for unsuccessful attempts to contain the fires.

Inner PS Karanja Kibicho had promised various intervention measures against the fires, including the installation of surveillance cameras. The road and cameras would help solve the mystery of the perennial fires, he said at the time.

When the nation visited the area on Saturday, January 8, everything seemed like it was others to be normal. In its characteristic chaotic nature, interrupted by the usual noisy street vendors, impatient handcart pullers, curious buyers and unwavering sellers formed the perfect, almost deceptive cocktail of normality in the fire-ridden market.

Besides fear and fear of doom, that the threat of demolition entails was felt by the dealers, as today (Saturday, January 8th) would be the last evening their stalls were in this part of the market.

Sources within the Government, asking for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, indicating that budget funds have been made available and that excavators are already waiting in the Kamukunji District Commissioner’s premises to be used on Sunday.

“The excavators were here , three days, “said the source.

Police spokesman Bruno Shiosho said, however, that he was” not aware “of the intended destruction in Gikomba.

” I am not aware but suggest that you seek additional information from NMS or Nair Obi County or even the national government. The police are never at the forefront of operations like this, ”he replied to our inquiries.

When contacted by the Nation , said Tony Mbarine, head of strategic communications for the NMS , he has to confirm this “And back.” He had no clarification back until the publication.