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Kidero warned against cruel attacks on traders, matatu crew

19 October 2015, 14:46 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Dagoretti South MP, Dennis Waweru wants Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to ensure that crackdowns by county askaris are conducted in a humane manner.

The lawmaker said brutal attacks on hawkers and matatu operators by city county enforcement officials and goons have continued unabated, even with the new constitutional dispensation.

Speaking to News24 on Sunday, Waweru said Governor Kidero should crack a whip on some rogue officers in his government, who attack traders and matatu crew members whenever they carry out an operation.

"These rogue elements that have no qualms descending on people who are trying to eke out an honest living with clubs and even knives, should be weeded out. The city county government ought to re-train its askaris on courtesy and law enforcement," he said.

Waweru noted that the brutality meted on the traders often times provokes them to engage in battle with the askaris, resulting to bloody clashes.

Read Also: MCA condemns governor for evicting hawkers from CBD

"The county askaris should be made to understand that they should be supportive of businesses and that harassment of those they serve is not part of their job description," added the legislator.

Waweru emphasized that Nairobi residents voted for the county government leadership and they should offer them services and not to harass those engage in various forms of businesses to earn a living.

"Scores of people, including even innocent passersby's have been injured whenever city government officials clash with small scale traders. Others have been maimed. People's property has been damaged. This matter should be brought to an end by authorities because Nairobi is not the city it was under the defunct city council," said Waweru.

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