Beggars in Mombasa
13 March 2012, 17:40
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Mombasa CBD has become full of beggars which has choked the town. You can hardly walk a distance without encountering a beggar. Not men,women or children.
It has become menace around and many people are not free to enjoy themselves a walk on the pavements on the major avenues like Moi, Nkurummah and Kenyatta not forgetting Likoni Ferry terminus.
These are busy avenues and are the hives for the beggars.
The most interesting thing is that, they(beggars) have found it an income generating exercise such that people have come from as far as upcountry just to come to the coastal city in the name of begging.
At times you will find these beggars better placed than the common man as you can meet them at mnazi(local brew)den enjoying with buddies after a long days collection.
I think it is high time the Ministry of Special Programmes found a way of identifying the genuine beggars and provide them with registration and I.D tags. These will curb the sprouting of dubious beggars who instead con passerbys.
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