Traders and buyers at the Nairobi’s City Market were left in shock after an obscure cross was discovered underneath the facility.
The mysterious cross was discovered by Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) workers who were working on a section of the market to replace the floor.
City Market Stall Holders Association Chairperson Meshack Mbuthia immediately informed archaeologists from the National Museums of Kenya to come and ascertain the origin of the mysterious crucifix-like concrete.
In an Interview with TV47 Digital, Mr. Mbuthia said that being in charge of the market, he was tasked with informing the relevant authorities in a bid to unravel the puzzle.
“The museum’s team came and dug around the cross-slab which has some pipe points on it as onlookers pondered whether there was a cemetery beneath but they did not give us a concrete feedback on what really could be behind this cross,” Mbuthia said.
One of the workers who discovered the told TV47 Digital that the discovery of the cross at the market’s courtyard could be a historical significance.
“The market has, for the last two months, been undergoing a facelift to reclaim its lost glory and that’s when the discovery was made. Many people are saying that this discovery could be of historical significance,” said the worker who requested anonymity.
The museum team left the cross which has no inscriptions on it, with a promise of revisiting the bizarre occurrence in the near future.
City Market was originally constructed as a European-only market that will replace the Jeevanjee Market. Jeevanjee had been closed because of unhygienic conditions in the 1930s.
The market has a variety of unique African artefacts which are conspicuous in the dozens of stalls. They include carvings, drums, spears, shields, pumice stones, Maasai traditional jewelry, and clothing.
Foodstuffs and meat are also sold in the market whose architecture resembles London’s Royal Horticultural Lawrence Hall.