Toi Market fire was planned - Raila declares

The fire was no accident

Special AU envoy Raila Odinga arrives at the Toi Market where a fire razed down property of unknown value on Tuesday March 12, 2019 (Twitter)

ODM party leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday visited Toi Market, Kibra Constituency shortly after firefighters managed to put out a major fire that had taken place at the popular market.

The fired-up special AU envoy declared that the fire that destroyed property of unknown value had not been an accident, rather, foul play by land grabbers.

"Nimeita Gavana [Mike Sonko] anakuja hapa sasa hivi. Hii si mara ya kwanza Toi Market kuungua, imechomwa maksudi...kuna wale wanyakuzi na nina uhakika wale ndio wamepanga hii njama wakitaka kunyakua uwanja huu.

"(I have spoken to the Governor and he is on his way here. This is not the first time for Toi Market to burn down, but it is no accident, this fire was planned and executed by land grabbers)," Mr Odinga addressed the affected traders.

Toi Market to be Upgraded

The former Prime Minister encouraged the locals not to lose heart after the incident, promising that the market as well as the larger Kibra Constituency would be upgraded.

He conveyed plans to immediately put up a temporary wall around the market to prevent any intruders from accessing the market.

He also mentioned that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta had already kicked off plans to upgrade the Kibra area and were also planning a visit to the community under the Slum Upgrading Programme.

The former PM also commented on his agreement with President Kenyatta following the handshake explaining that they were partnering to develop the country.

He further mentioned that all those opposed to the collaborative efforts of the duo are but the croaks of the frog, to be ignored.

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