President Uhuru Kenyatta has today created a special task force that has been directed to launch a search for individuals who are reported to have predicted the latest Gikomba fire on various social media platforms.
Addressing journalists at the scene of the incident, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho revealed that the unit that has been tasked with the investigations would be stationed on the 5th floor of Nyayo House, Nairobi.
The PS noted that they have been informed that some individuals had made some social media posts predicting that the Gikomba inferno would occur adding that all the information they had, including the intelligence from the market traders, will be used to get the suspects.
Kibicho also announced that under the president’s directive, he had conducted a closed-door meeting with the various stakeholders, including Director of the Nairobi Metropolitan Service General Mohamed Badi, with other leaders from Gikomba market, in order to come up with a lasting solution to the recurring fire.
According to PS Kibicho, these fires are not natural, and he believes there are some people who think that by intimidating and displacing traders of the Gikomba market, they will have an opportunity to develop the land for selfish gains.
He further revealed that he was aware of some unknown private developers who are trying to forcefully evict traders from Gikomba for their own selfish interests.
Kibicho assured Kenyans that despite the government launching similar investigations in the recent inferno that occurred earlier today, he had taken a personal commitment to the matter and promised to deliver results.
He also assured Gikomba residents whose houses were destroyed by the fire that they will be provided with shelter and compensation from the government.
The government has also committed a 3-month plan to install CCTV cameras around the area and establish a perimeter wall around the area to ensure around the clock security for the area residents and traders.