Hawkers: We won't leave the streets
30 April 2013, 13:07
A standoff ensued early on Monday morning after Nakuru county government enforcement officers barred the hawkers from operating their business until they are relocated.
The traders staged protests accusing officers from the defunct Nakuru municipal council of harassing them.
They said that earlier this year, Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua signed a memorandum with them promising to stop any harassment of traders once elected.
The traders said that the memorandum provided for allocation of viable areas of operation in case of any intention to relocate them.
Chanting anti - Kinuthia songs, the hawkers marched along Baringo road before meeting with Nakuru town East MP David Gikaria who promised to have their grievances addressed.
Gikaria said that it would be unfair to move the traders out of town without allocating them an alternative trading space.
“It is not right for one person to decide to move out everyone out of town without telling them where to go,” he said.
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