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Kidero orders hawkers out of Nairobi CBD

30 May 2015, 09:09 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has ordered hawkers to leave Nairobi's Central Business District and also said that members of the public found procuring goods from them will be arrested.

Kidero made the announcement following the re-emergence of the hawkers in the CBD over the last two weeks, which has seen Nairobi's streets filled to the brim with them.

The Governor stated that hawking broke a number of city by laws and that members of the public found trying to buy goods from the hawkers also risked arrest.

"Any other activity akin to hawking and street vending within the CBD and elsewhere in the city presents a potential for security risk. It is a medium for infringement of various county laws including obstruction on pathways and littering," he said in a statement.

His statement though, was met with anger by hawkers who said that they had taken up points in the CBD that did not block the movement of people and that they had set stall in a decent manner and were not littering.

" There is nothing wrong we are doing. We have set up here in a decent manner and Nairobians are happy that we are here, " a hawker who called himself Jimmy told News24.

Most of the items on sale by hawkers across the city were mostly related with the current cold weather, with jackets and coats the most popular.

Kidero though, despite the calls by Hawkers, insists that if the city is to regain its long lost glory, sacrifices have to be made by Kenyans.

"If we want to reclaim its long lost glory, we cannot continue littering and hawking without a care," he added.

The move will not affect some already established vendors though, with shoe shiners and book as well as newspaper vendors not affected by the move by Kidero.

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