thumb image LEFT: Traders try to salvage their wares after the recent fire in Gikomba market. RIGHT: The proposed highrise Gikomba market.
By HILARY KIMUYU

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has proposed to turn Gikomba market into a highrise market in the wake of last month’s fire that razed part of it.

The governor says the county and national government are planning to turn East Africa’s biggest open air market into a modern, five-storey market.

“Plans are underway for the construction of a modern Gikomba market in conjunction with the National Government,” said the governor.

According to Sonko, the proposed highrise market will have 525 stalls, all serving and selling different wares.

In building plans he shared on social media, the first floor of the proposed market will have a cold room for 25 fish mongers and 76 clothes stalls.

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Kenyans online were however not impressed by Sonko’s grandiose designs, telling the governor that they want the market left as it because it serves the poor.

Others were concerned at the possible grabbing of the market’s vast land.