Kenya’s largest open market in Nairobi burn down

Gikomba market in Nairobi, which is Kenya’s largest open market burnt down again yesterday night 6th February, 2019 around 10 pm. The market which houses over 40,000 traders burnt down in the wee hours when traders had already left the market. This fire have become an annual event as it has happened eight times now in less than five years.

This is the latest in a string of fires that have destroyed the popular market in Nairobi. There are no injuries report yet.

Last year June, Gikomba Market also burned and destroyed a number of shops. While in other years properties were lost, in this one 15 persons died; some died instantly while others succumbed to their injuries in hospitals.

After the fire incident on 7th October 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta called for investigations in Gikomba.

However, Kenyans online have raised questions on why the fire keeps on recurring and no solution seems to have been arrived; This fire have caused a lot of damages, loss of lives and property which with time has accumulated to billions in losses.

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