NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 – Deputy President William Ruto toured Gikomba market that was razed by huge fire Tuesday morning and assured the victims of the government’s support in rebuilding their businesses.
Ruto told Nairobi leaders to shelve their political differences and serve the people.
“It is not yet time for politics. Let’s shelve our political differences and take a common stand in serving the people,” said Ruto.
He added “We must come up with a lasting solution to these problems of Gikomba fires repeatedly. This must come to an end.”
Addressing business people at the market, the Deputy President expressed concern that property worth millions of shillings had been destroyed and called for concerted efforts in looking lasting solution to the problem.
“The National and County government will come together and explore ways of putting up permanent structures here as solution to frequent fires,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Governor Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Senator Mike Sonko (Nairobi), MPs Maina Kamanda (Starehe), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu), Dennis Waweru ( Dagoretti South), John Njoroge (Kasarani), Robert Pukose (Endebes), Mpuri Aburi ( Tigania West) among others.
He said he felt the pain of small-scale business people that sufferers who may have borrowed loans from various institutions with the aim of uplifting their living standards were undergoing caused by the fire, which destroyed the market and their property.
“I know that hustlers have been subjected to untold suffering because of this problem. I want to assure you that this Government stands with you at this hour of need,” said Ruto.
He directed Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti who was present to ensure the victims were provided with food, clothing and shelter.
The Deputy President said the National Youth Service would join hands with Gikomba residents in a cleanup exercise in the area beginning Wednesday.
Governor Kidero said the Nairobi County government has set aside Sh5million to help those whose property was destroyed.
He said permanent structures were lasting solution to the problem in Gikomba.
He noted that traders in the market have lost property worth millions of shillings and urged leaders to work together in helping the victims.
Senator Sonko said it was only through teamwork and unity that problems facing Nairobians could be solved.
“It is time we put aside our differences and look for ways of solving the problems facing the people,” said Sonko
Kamanda commended the government for its commitment to ensuring problems facing traders were solved.
He urged leaders to work together and desist from activities, which could undermine the unity of the country.