Nairobi- Friday 23rd September 2017
Sonko appoints 30 member committee to address hawker's problems
Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko 22nd September 2017 instructed formation of a 30 member committee to address hawker's problems within the Central Business District. The Governor gave the direction after listening to hawkers for hours who were drawn from various parts of the city at Charter Hall.
While directing the formation of the committee, the County Chief said that to solve the hawker's problems it is necessary that all bonafide hawkers get identified and profiled, adding "this committee will work closely with all stakeholders to derive strategies and recommendations that will ensure that there is sanity in the Central Business District."
Governor Sonko assured hawkers that his administration shall build and allocate permanent stalls to them in order to reduce congestion and maintain a clean environment in the Central Business District.
"We shall build sheds and the allocation will be a fair process and we shall revisit the daily payment to see if we can give an exemption," said the Governor.
The Governor said that the Eastleigh and Mwariro markets allocations which were done fraudulently have been revoked.
Responding to a plea from Nyamakima Area traders, Sonko directed the County officer in charge of street lighting to immediately repair the street lights in the area to enhance security.
In addition the Governor said that he has directed the County Askaris to treat the hawkers with humane heart and stop chasing them around the city until a solution is arrived at.
Earlier, the hawkers drawn from Khodja, Luthuli Street, Moi Avenue, Accra Road, Mfangano Street, River Road. Ronald Ngala and Globe Cinema Roundabout had pleaded with the Governor to direct the askaris to stop confiscating their goods.
The hawkers complained that some askaris demand "kitu kidogo" and treat them brutally.
The deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe who had accompanied the Governor said that the County Government will put in place mechanisms to turn the city into the 24hr economy.