Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed by a fire at Nairobi’s Toi market.
According to eye witnesses who spoke to the Nation, the fire broke out at 3:00am and by 6:00am it had consumed make-shift stalls and shanties in the market.
Police have established that the fire started in one of the stalls before spreading to other stalls. At 6:30am on Tuesday, the flames were still spreading to even residential shanties.
Toi market is an open-air market in the outskirts of Kibera slums and it’s home to more than 5,000 small-scale traders.
It is not the first time that traders at Toi market are losing their investments to a fire. The fires have been a perennial problem with the last incident occurring in January 2018.
Though the cause of these fires is not known, traders and residents surrounding the market speculate that it is a plan by land grabbers to drive them out of the market.