Dejected and deflated, Gikomba market traders woes are escalating on a daily basis, from burning fires to the Chinese invasion who are selling their commodities at throwaway prices to beat the competition.
Visa restrictions, along with government policies that have failed to protect small and medium-sized businesses, have crippled what was once a promising source of income.
A trader working at Gikomba has said that they are plotting to hold a protest and chase the Chinese from the market.
“If they want to trade here they must seek the prices of products here as we won’t allow them to sell their goods at throwaway prices for them to attract customers,” He said.
Gikomba Market, which opened in 1952, is a major source of income for thousands of Kenyans who import second-hand goods—from clothing to household items and logistic services.
According to the Nairobi Importers and Small Traders Association (NISTA), 90 percent of goods sold there comes from China.