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Sakaja bans hawking along CBD roads

The Nairobi County Government has come up with new rules aimed at stemming the flow of small traders and hawkers into the Central Business District (CBD).

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja stressed the rules are aimed at restoring the sanity and dignity of the capital city.

He spoke following a consultation meeting with inspectorate officers on October 25, 2023.

“There will be no hawking on the road. In fact, I’m enforcing it from tomorrow (Thursday) morning, even around the bus station, I’ll not allow that,” Sakaja said.

In his orders, the county boss said the move will not only be for the safety of hawkers who risk their lives selling their commodities on the roads but will allow motorists to move with ease.

He said the move will further allow vehicles parking space.

In a stern warning to his inspectorate officers, the governor said fairness must be exercised in his orders and that implementation must be taken with a lot of seriousness.

Further, the governor lauded his officers for the good work that they have been doing since he came to office, adding that the tainted image of the City Inspectorate has been restored.

The governor has also directed the Chief Officer in charge of Security Mr Anthony Kimani to ensure that all officers are in uniform.

“All our officers must be in uniform. I don’t want anyone operating without a uniform unless it is part of our operation of plain clothes team.”

The county boss meeting comes days after an incident in which a motorist was involved in a publicised scuffle with an inspectorate officer. The motorist, who is a popular TikToker, accused the officer of illegally entering her car and bullying her.

Sakaja was also on the spot after the officers were caught on camera harassing and impounding hawkers’ goods this past week. The Governor publicly apologised and compensated each affected hawker with Sh10,000.

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