Drama As Hawkers Rough Up Nairobi County Askaris

Hawkers on city streets

The women protested by screaming, attracting attention from other traders who then engaged the askaris in running battles

By The Weekly Vision Online

Dramatic scenes unfolded along the busy Tom Mboya and Mfanghano streets yesterday between hawkers and several Nairobi County city askaris. The askaris had attempted to arrest some female hawkers, confiscating the mangoes, tomatoes and oranges they were selling. 

Instead, the women in protest started screaming, attracting attention from other traders who then engaged the askaris in running battles. It was only after heavy deployment of more askari that saved the situation, the three askaris were about to be lynched by hawkers.

According to a senior security official, Nairobi governor M/S Anne Kananu has banned hawking in the Nairobi CBD. The governor blames the traders for the congestion in the busy streets. The Askaris claim they were enforcing the order and would not relent but investigations showed that they were keener on soliciting bribes. 

“We keep giving them bribes but the askaris still arrest us even after taking our money” some of the traders complained openly. A cursory survey revealed a heavy deployment of county askaris who keep removing hawkers only for them to mushroom back after paying bribes!

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