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Gikomba fire unites Kidero, Sonko

24 June 2015, 12:49 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The fire that ravaged the Gikomba Market forced a rallying call from two of Nairobi's biggest personalities, Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

The two leaders visited the site of the fire and spoke of forming a unified front to help the victims of the fire that destroyed Nairobi's largest second hand clothing market.

Led by Deputy President William Ruto, the two leaders, who have not been seeing eye to eye in recent times spoke of coming together to solve the problems facing Nairobi's residents.

Kidero said the Nairobi County government has set aside KES 5 million to help those whose property was destroyed.

" Permanent structures are lasting solutions to the problem in Gikomba, " he said.

" Traders in the market have lost property worth millions of shillings and thus I urge leaders to work together in helping the victims, " he said, subtly referring to Sonko.

Sonko on his part 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.

The two have been involved in a war of supremacy in recent times, both leaders trying to show who is boss.

DP Ruto also called on politics to cease as it was too early to start campaigns and thus focus on nation building instead.

" It is not yet time for politics. Let’s shelve our political differences and take a common stand in serving the people," said Ruto.

" 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 Gikomba fire is said to have consumed as much as 70% of the market.

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