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Joho orders safety audit of all Mombasa markets


Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has ordered for an urgent safety audit of all markets within the county.

Joho said the recent fire incidents witnessed in major markets in the county calls for an indepth investigations as well as safety audit of the trading facilities.

The county called for thorough investigations to unleash what could have led to the inferno that gutted down part of the largest market in Mombasa, the Kongowea market and Macknon market as well.

The largest market that serves the East Africa region was as well gutted down on Monday night causing huge losses to traders.

The inferno destroyed the whole area that sells second hand clothes.

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in the incident that left traders stranded.

“I call upon the concerned parties to take the lead role in coming up with practical measures to avert such fire incidents in future,” said Joho.

He ordered the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investments, the County Fire and Rescue team to conduct a disaster preparedness audit in all the markets and present a report for urgent actions.

“I urgently need practical recommendations to avert these tragedies, the traders have lost their livelihoods,” said Joho.

The Saturday night fire gutted down various clothes, shoes and other retail shops at the over 100 years old Macknon Market, famously known as Marikiti.

The area Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir assured the affected traders of his help so that they reopen their businesses.

Nassir assured them of maximum collaboration so that they rescucitate their businesses.

“It is indeed a major issue for two large market facilities to witness fierce fire incidents within a week,” noted the Legislature.

His sentments were backed by Mombasa politician and investor Suleiman Shahbal.

Shahbal who on Saturday led a Harambee to assist the a ffected Kongowea traders expressed his shock over the fire incidents in Mombasa markets.

He also assured them of his support as they struggle to restart their investments

Both the leaders made the remarks at the Macknon market on Saturday night.