Sakaja's solution for Gikomba fires if elected to office

Sakaja said he was aware of the people behind the recurrent Gikomba fires

Nairobi Governor hopeful Johnson Sakaja speaking during a UDA party Economic Forum held in Nairobi on June 21, 2022

Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja has said he is going to put an end to perennial Gikomba Market fires, if elected on August 9, 2022.

Speaking at the Nairobi Kenya Kwanza Economic Forum hosted at the Ngong Racecourse, Sakaja said the Gikomba fires were the doings of a group of people who claimed to have the title deed for the land where the busy market sits.

Sakaja said the group of people occasionally torched the market in a bid to push the traders out of the market.

“We know the source of the Gikomba fires and I want our president to hear there are people in Nairobi claiming to have the title deed to the market so they start fires to try and push people out, we want the president to declare the 16 acres of Gikomba as public land so the private developers stop the fires,” Sakaja said.

The outgoing Nairobi Senator said he will establish fire stations in Gikomba which had already been kickstarted by former Governor Evans Kidero to curb any arising situations of fires.

Sakaja further promised to address other controversial matters in the city including the Dandora Dumpsite which he said he would address by changing the garbage collection system and would convert the dumpsite to an energy source that would add to power in the city.

Addressing the attendees in the meeting, Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate Deputy President William Ruto said his government was going to address the challenges of small traders through good policy formulation that would stimulate economic growth.

“Kenya Kwanza will deliberately place these entrepreneurs at the centre of its decision-making table to drive policies that will protect and stimulate their growth, hence boost their income.

"We are alive to the challenges that small-scale traders like Mama Mboga, Taxi/Matatu operators, hawkers, Boda Boda, among others, in Nairobi go through to put food on the table,” said Ruto.

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