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Early win for Sakaja as hawkers keep off CBD pavements after notice

By Winnie Mabel October 27th, 2023 2 min read

A spot check conducted by Nairobi News in the morning of October 27, 2023, revealed that hawkers, infamously known for selling their wares on any available sidewalk, kept off the pavements following Governor Johnson Sakaja’s ban on hawking in the central business district.

Along major streets in town, pedestrians had ease of mobility as opposed to days of jumping over wears, squeezing along narrow paths, or having to walk on the road while actively dodging public service vehicles, motorcycles that block paths, and handheld modes of transportation.

Governor Sakaja banned hawking in the CBD beginning yesterday, October 25, 2023, especially along Moi Avenue and all lanes connecting to it.

“From Tom Mboya coming up to Moi Avenue we will have no hawking and street business there because we have a plan on that road where we receive billions from investors. There will be no hawking on the road that we will not have. That is an irreducible minimum even for their own safety. From tomorrow morning even at Muthurwa and Bus station. We must be firm and a rule is a rule. When we say there is no hawking along Moi Avenue there is none for anyone and I will say it before them- everybody must get their piece we can’t favor one group over another. So when I insist that you operate up to some certain spot then stop there and nobody will bother you,” said Governor Sakaja as he addressed County employees during a meeting.

The ban on hawking and kicking out hustlers from the CBD is a second attempt by Governor Sakaja to bring back sanity to the heartbeat of Nairobi County by shitting down entertainment clubs, removing hawkers, and controlling public service vehicle access to the CBD.

Sakaja’s first attempt was thwarted by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who faulted the Governor for his intentions to kick out public service vehicle operators- the majority from his (Gachagua) own tribe- saying that it was he who rallied them to vote for Governor Sakaja in the first place.

Sakaja backed down and since then, there has been a war of words and a cold war between Sakaja and Gachagua’s political allies.

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