- A court allowed NMS to evict traders from the open-air Gikomba market to allow for the expansion of a health centre.
- Some of the traders have occupied the spot for more than 40 years.
A section of Gikomba Market traders is staring at possible eviction to pave way for the expansion of a health facility.
This is after a court on Friday gave the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) the green light to evict the traders and expand the Pumwani Majengo Health Centre.
While granting the order that will see 174 traders moved out of the market’s Gacucu area section, the court argued that the traders’ request of stopping of the eviction process would hinder public good.
The court agreed with NMS, which argued that the traders had encroached part of the hospital’s land.
“As a result of the encroachment, they have not only blocked access to the health facility, but also the sewerage system that serves the hospital,” said Stephen Mwangi, NMS Deputy Director in charge of land.
Gikomba Populace to Benefit
Justice Oguttu Mboya stated that stopping the process would be akin to delaying the right to universal healthcare that would be made available by upgrading the health centre.
NMS plans to upgrade the Pumwani Majengo Health Facility to a Level III hospital. Upon completion, the hospital will have a theatre that allows expectant mothers to give birth, thus decongest the Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
The plan is under the Nairobi County Annual Development blueprint for the financial year ending June 30, 2023.