Kidero orders closure of kiosks
03 May 2015, 16:30
Nairobi - Kiosks and restaurants near schools should be closed, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has ordered.
Kidero made the order Sunday stating that his reason for the decision is to reduce the incidences of individuals with bad behaviour hanging around school children and influencing them negatively.
" The kiosks outside learning institutions provide a disguise to criminals who pause as traders yet they are monitoring the movements and studying the resident’s movements before they strike.
" This has come to our attention and we are doing this to avert any impending attack whether large or small scale, Kidero's spokesman Walter Mong'are said in a statement.
Kidero said that if schools needed canteens, they should set them up within school compounds.
" If there is such a need around the school, why don’t we have such services in the school? That way we are able to monitor what is being sold and to who and we can then hold the school responsible for any malpractice” he added.
The plan will be implemented immediately, with kiosk owners being helped to set up shop elsewhere, Kidero's office added.
Kidero also called on city residents to report any shop owners who fail to adhere to the directive.
" Those who do not adhere to the directives will be punished with the help of members of the public who should report them to the County government," he said.
Kiosk owners have been given till Wednesday to remove their kiosks or have them face demolition.
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