In October 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to rebuild Gikomba market where fire incidences have become a common occurrence but 16 months later the pledge has not been actualised raising questions.

His pledge came after a fire gutted down the famous market. It is claimed Sh485 million was set aside to remodel the market but in 2018 similar fires in Gikomba on January, June and July claimed 15 people and properties worth millions of shillings but City County and National government went mute.

In October 17 last year a seemingly angry Uhuru slammed Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Trade CS Peter Munya and Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia saying they overlooked his directive.

Uhuru said he was baffled that reconstruction of Gikomba market that employs thousands of Kenyans had not kicked off, a year after he pledged to have it done and issued directive.

“I am sorry that we have not fulfilled our promises. Not even one of my CSs has set foot in Gikomba market. This is not the way we should work. We have to change. We can’t continue putting on suits and entertain big business people in our offices yet we have no time for SMEs. We have to be honest with ourselves.” Stated Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Governor Mike Sonko at Uhuru Market, Jogoo Road. Uhuru says he directed reconstruction of Gikomba market. [Photo: Courtesy]
“The CS for Infrastructure is here. Governor Sonko is here. What does it take to start building a market? It’s been one year since the plans started” he posed during a Small and Medium Enterprises Presidential Roundtable at Strathmore University.

Sh485 million set aside to build 560 stalls before end of 2019

Since Uhuru blasted Sonko, Munya and Macharia the status quo remains, raising the question if the three defied Uhuru or the President just gave empty promises.


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