The Ministry of Devolution and ASALs has donated food and non-food items worth over Kshs. 1.8 million shillings to victims of Uhuru Market fire disaster. The donation included 300 bags of maize, 150 bags of beans, 150 pieces of 3 Metre iron sheets, 5000 feet of 2×2 inches and 3000 feet of 3×2 inches of timber
Making the donation on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, Devolution Principal Secretary, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, said the Ministry’s donation is part of the government response to the fire disaster that razed Uhuru market on Monday morning. to assist the small scale traders, get back on their feet.
PS Sunkuli called on the traders to maintain peace during the rebuilding process. He urged them to set aside space for road construction for easier access to the market during disasters adding that lack of access to the market thwarted fire fighters’ efforts to extinguish the fire on Monday.
Speaking during the same function, Makadara Member of Parliament, George Aladwa, called on all leaders in the area to work together in facilitating development in the Constituency. He said traders play an important role in national development and should thus be supported to rebuild their lives. Mr. Aladwa urged his constituents to support the Big Four Agenda being spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta. He added that the handshake between Raila Odinga and the President should be supported by all Kenyans.
On his part, the area Member of County Assembly (MCA)Representative, Mr. Mark Tosha thanked the Ministry for the donation and called on the Ministry of Lands to issue a title deed for the market to stop efforts by land grabbers, who have tried to take over the market in the past.
The MCA said plans were underway to build a proper market in the area with the support from the World Bank and urged the traders to support the County government efforts in the construction of the market.
Mr. Tosha appealed to the area Member of Parliament and Nairobi County Governor to use part of the money set aside for disaster response in Makadara National Constituency Development Fund and County Disaster Response Fund to help in rebuilding the market.
The Makadara District County Commissioner Mr. Fred Ndunga revealed that property for 174 traders and 133 stall owners was destroyed during the disaster. He said rebuilding efforts will be spearheaded by the Makadara sub-county administrator and the market committee led by the Chair Mr. Evans Ndeche.
The DCC reiterated the need to maintain peace during the rebuilding of the market adding that the Government would extend maximum security and support to the traders.