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Hawkers accuse governor of using Mungiki members to harras them

06 January 2015, 17:01 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Hawkers in Nakuru town have accused the county government of using members of the outlawed Mungiki sect to evict them from the Central Business District (CBD).

Speaking on Monday at the Langa Langa stage, Nakuru Small Scale Traders and Hawkers’ Association chairman, Simon ole Naisieku, accused Governor Kinuthia Mbugua of employing the dreaded youths to forcibly demolish their kiosks and drive them out of the CBD.

“The people we have seen demolishing kiosks are not police but members of Mungiki. The police are just there to provide them with security. The governor has decide to use all the crude means in getting us out of the CBD but we will fight till the end," said Nasieku.

He said that he had information about a meeting in which the governor issued orders to Mungiki members to move matatu operators out of the Langa Langa stage.

Nasieku added hawkers will only move out of the CDB if they are given a permanent place where they will be able to carry on with their business operations.

Also read: Two hawkers killed in clash with police

“We have not refused to vacate, but it’s only until we are shown where we are being relocated to,” Naisieku said.

But the county's secretary Joseph Motari was quick to refute the allegations.

“The claims are definitely baseless and pure rumors, we do not even know if the said group is still in existence. The clean up exercise will proceed as planned and no one will stop us from making Nakuru clean,’ said Mutari.

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