Nairobi county governor Dr Evans Kidero when he visited victims of a fire incident in Mathare slums that razed down several houses in the area. PHOTO | LILIAN MUTAVINairobi county governor Dr Evans Kidero when he visited victims of a fire incident in Mathare slums that razed down several houses in the area. PHOTO | LILIAN MUTAVI
By LILIAN MUTAVI

Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero has termed as politically instigated recent fires in Mathare, that have burnt down over 1,000 houses.

Dr Kidero has said that since New Year 597 houses in Mabatini and 600 in Mathare Area four have been razed down.

He claimed that the fires are “unnatural” and only occur during election years as a ploy to chase away voters from the city.

“These fires become more frequent when we are approaching the elections period. We know that it is a political ploy to relocate our voters,” Dr Kidero said when he visited victims in Mathare slums.

Dr Kidero donated Sh 500,000 to support the victims and discouraged area residents from being used as arsonists by politicians.