In Summary

  • Hawkers have blamed the askaris for using excessive force.
  • Sakaja apologized for the hawkers manhandled.

Nairobi City County askaris (kanjos) are now on spot for destroying hawkers food and vandalism during the  operations and arrest that was conducted in the Central Business District yesterday.

Hawkers trolleys  were confiscated together with food stuff in them.But in a video that has since gone viral trolleys  were handled recklessly by city askaris smashing food on the road during the operation.

Hawkers Reactions

Hawkers have blamed the askaris for using excessive force in arresting them with their properties vandalized.

“Imekua shida walikuwa wanamwaga chakula smokie,mayai,nduma  wakitupa trollies kwa gari yao na sisi pia wakatushika.lakini tumekubali tuko on wrong kuhawk food but Sasa kutumwagilia chakula na kutufinya hivyo jamani sio poa serikali ya sakaja ilisema inajali mahustler huu ndio kutujali..?”

“Mimi nilibambwa hiyo area ya National Archives wakanipiga na kuninyanganya vitu tukapelekwa general stores lakini niliwachwa bila trolley yangu Jo hustle imekua hard town kubambwa Kila saa Mimi hii trolley sio yangu naikomboa Soo mbili daily so inabidi nionge na mwenyewe ndio itolewe Sakaja atakumbuke alisema hakuna mtu atadhulumiwa.” Steven Kariuki told Ghetto Radio News.

“Imekua ni mazoe last month mnakumbuka yule mlemavu makanjo walivuruta na kumwaga bidhaa zake yaani imekuwa ni shida vile wanatuhundle.’’ Peter Kariuki said.

The conduct has since attracted public uproar including from key figures in Kenya Kwanza administration led by President economic advisor David Ndii.

“The Nairobi county leadership is not hustler friendly. That’s why I keep prodding Sakaja on it,” wrote Ndii. Street vendors are on streets because that’s where customers are,” Ndii  posted.

Sakaja Apology and Compensation

Meanwhile Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has ordered release of all items confiscated by the county inspectorate team with immediate effect.

In a statement Sakaja describes event regrettable and that officers who will be found  culpable will face disciplinary action.

He has also compensated the affected traders 10k each.

“We have had cordial relations with informal traders for a year but lately there have been unfortunate incidences that seek to sabotage that. We will take disciplinary action,I have ordered the immediate release of all confiscated items, apologized to the traders, and personally compensated each of them to the tune of 10,000 shillings each.’’ Sakaja said.

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