Starehe MP Jaguar suspects Government of causing Gikomba night fires


Starehe MP Jaguar (Photo/Courtesy)

Starehe MP Charles Njaguar aka  Jaguar has raised concerns over the mysterious Gikomba fire which caused losses worth millions after a section of the market was burnt down.

The fire broke out on Thursday at 2am but the cause is still not known yet.

According to eye witnesses, the fire may have been deliberately started by unknown people with ulterior motives.

Jaguar said the government may be behind the fires because the National Youth Service on Saturday morning demolished reconstructed stalls after the Thursday fire.

The NYS officers were reportedly shielded by police officers as they carried out the demolitions.

“NYS recruits are in Gikomba right now. They’re demolishing stalls that traders had reconstructed after a mysterious fire razed them on Thursday Morning. GSU officers are also there protecting the recruits. Is this exercise a sign that the government was involved in the recent fire?” Jaguar tweeted on Saturday.

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Gikomba market has been burnt more than 10 times within the last decade. For instance, three fire incidents broke out in June of 2015, 2018 and 2020.

A section of Gikomba market burning down during the night (Photo/Courtesy)

The fire incident in 2018 killed 15 people.

Most of the fires started in the wee hours of the morning and the causes were not identified.

According to Jaguar, the demolition of reconstructed stalls by NYS suspicious because the government should be trying to help its people instead of destroying their businesses

“Interior PS Karanja Kibicho accompanied by NMS Director General [Mohaed] Badi had promised Sh10,000 compensation for each trader who had lost property during the inferno. He didn’t say anything about demolitions of reconstructed stalls. These actions are therefore suspect and insensitive,” the politician said.

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Jaguar directed the demolition of reconstructed stalls to stop as it is inhumane and illegal.

According to Jaguar, the government should be protecting and safeguarding people’s property, not destroying it.

“I ask for an immediate halt to this exercise. NYS recruits should go home. Any security officer present in Gikomba should be there to guard the reconstructed stalls and other properties owned by traders. The government exists to protect property. It should not oversee its destruction,” he said.

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