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Tension in Gikomba Over Looming Demolitions


Gikomba traders are crying foul over an impending demolitions to pave way for a road reserve in the market.

The traders claim that they have received a demolition notice from the area administration officials over the demolition which threatens to displace them from their work stations.

“The government first came here and told us to move, we then moved. Unfortunately the same government came again and told us that we now need to evict this place since we sit on a road reserve,” said one trader.

The traders claim that they have been in the market for more than 20 years and evicting them will require the government to give them an alternative.


“We are not opposed to the plans by the government to build new roads. Good roads are very good What we are saying is that the government should give us an alternative place to continue with our businesses.

They further claim that they fully depend on the businesses and that the frequent fire incidences in Gikomba have deterred them moving to the newly built stalls that are more expensive.

“I am a widow and I have been here for more than 10 years. This is what I rely on to feed and raise my children. Gikomba has helped me a lot,” said another trader.