Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on Oct. 17 moved to resolve the Gikomba market land issue.
After reports of a fire in many sections of the market, Sakaja paid a visit to the area with Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan and Pumwani MCA Omar Petit.
To keep off intruders who had illegally claimed the land, Sakaja said that he would begin restricting the area.
According to him, cartels are to blame for the constant fires at the famous market, which he said belonged to the people.
The Governor also announced plans to build a market fire station to prevent property destruction from fires.
He has indicated that multiple boreholes would be dug and that the hydrants around and surrounding the property will be inspected and repaired as necessary.
He promised market vendors that the work begun by the former Nairobi Metropolitan Services will be continued and expanded upon.
The county executive has pledged to oversee the construction of a new wall around the area, as well as the installation of security cameras and the deployment of county police.
Hassan praised Sakaja for resolving land ownership issues. He said merchants boosted the county’s economy and required protection.