Sakaja alleges child trafficking in Burundian trader harassed by Kanjo
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has accused the Burundian hawker who was caught up in an altercation with the City Inspectorate officers of going against the county by-laws regarding the trade.
The county boss’s sentiments come on the day a viral video was shared on social media showing the officers, commonly referred to as kanjo or askaris engaging the young boy in an incident that left his groundnuts spilled on the streets.
The incident attracted widespread condemnation hours before the county boss met the boy, namely Ndagire Renova, who is reported to be aged 14.
The Kenyan law is against minors working for financial gain.
An earlier statement by the county government indicates the minor was apprehended by the askaris for hawking in town outside the designated hours.
The statement indicates that there was a scuffle between the minor and Askaris leading to the spilling of his wares.
“Earlier in the month, Governor Sakaja brought together the leadership of hawkers, traders, and enforcement officers, where an agreement was reached on the streets where hawkers are allowed to operate from,” explained Mr Analo.
The statement said the governor and the enforcement officers team agreed on the operating times, which begin at 4 pm in the designated streets.
“This has been largely complied with to the joy of pedestrians, shop owners, and the hawkers themselves.”
Also, the enforcement officers were asked to treat traders with dignity and in a humane manner.
On the minor, the county noted that such issues have been reported before around Afya Centre and outside City Market.
“A number of hawkers employ this tactic, which naturally attracts sympathy and public outrage and prevents their further arrest.”
The County has also reached out to the Ambassador of Burundi to Kenya Ms Ntahonkuriye Emmernece to ensure the minor is supported in his best interests to resume school and secure a future.
“The County will further engage with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address the issue of child trafficking and immigration where there has been an influx of illegal hawkers and beggars from neighboring countries flooding Nairobi.”