Traders from a section of the Gikomba market woke up to demolished stalls on Tuesday the 14th of July 2020.
Police supervised the demolitions which according to reports will pave way for road construction in the market.
Some traders took videos and photos and shared them online creating social media rage. From the media, you can see as the traders try to scavenger whatever is left of their flattened stores.
These demolitions come two weeks after a fire razed down a section of the Gikomba market. Areas burned down included the mitumba and cereals section as well as the area opposite COTU offices.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho also promised the traders that the government will compensate traders who lost their property. Additionally, the government will also investigate the cause of the fire.
Series of misfortunes on the Gikomba market.
This incident was the fourth time that the market had burned down in 2020. Gikomba burned down once in February and twice in April 2020.
Distraught traders tried rebuilding their stalls the next day. However, NYS officers demolished the stalls under the supervision of GSU officers keeping traders at bay.
Starehe Member of Parliament Charles Njaguar recently questioned whether the government was involved in the Gikomba fires after the June incident. He wondered why NYS officers would demolish stalls yet the traders were trying to secure their daily bread.
“NYS recruits are in Gikomba right now. They’re demolishing stalls that traders had reconstructed after a mysterious fire razed them on Thursday morning. Is this exercise a sign that the government was involved in the recent fire?” Jaguar tweeted
According to Jaguar, the government is supposed to protect its citizens.
“Any security officer present in Gikomba should be there to guard the reconstructed stalls and other properties owned by traders. The govt exists to protect property. It should not oversee its destruction.”