Gikomba traders on Tuesday accused the Ruto administration of failing to handle the fire problem in the market after another fire razed down stalls and shops at the Kwa Mbao section of the market, leading to huge losses running into millions of shillings.
The traders say private developers are using the perennial fires to drive out poor traders so that they can erect malls and multi-billion business structures.
During his Presidential campaigns, William Ruto accused Uhuru’s administration of failing to solve the Gikomba fire problem and vowed the fires will be something of the past once he takes over as Head of State.
”They said cartels will be a thing of the past but today we are suffering again. We have lost our source of livelihood to the same issue of fire,” one trader lamented.
”Walisema Uhuru alishindwa kumaliza hizi moto. Sasa wao ndio wako na serikali lakini bado wanatuchoma Gikomba,” another said.
A third one noted the government knows the root cause of the fires but does not want to address it.
”We know there are people who want to erect big malls in Gikomba and they are the same people who finance these leaders to office. They know them, but they are too powerful to be touched,” he noted.