The ban on hawkers from operating in the CBD is expected to take effect as from this morning.
According to the Nairobi county commissioner Kangethe Thuku, hawkers will not be allowed to sell their goods in the CBD from today as it is illegal.
He however stated that county government of Nairobi had given them other alternatives
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The purpose of the ban is said to increase security in the CBD and keep it clean.
“I want to assure everybody that we will do all things possible to nab petty criminals. There will be anti-mugging squad to work with the county too to curb these vices,” said Mr. Leparmarai who was accompanied by Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome and AP Commandant Francis Mburu.
Mr. Leparmarai added: “Another menace is that of hawkers and we are working with the county government to ensure we reign on them, also to ensure they are selling genuine products. They might have allowed hawkers in the CBD because they wanted votes. Now the elections are over we are going to clear them off our streets,” said Leparmarai.
The regional commissioners said street families would be taken to children homes in a bid clean and secure the City.