The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) appears to have declared a “total” war on hand cart pushers in Nairobi’s CBD whom they accuse of causing pedestrian traffic jams as they go about their work as “hustlers’ trying to survive.
The Weekly Vision witnessed a huge truck belonging to NMS on Tom Mboya Street loading hand carts and arresting owners who were bundled into a different van.
Nairobi’s unsightly handcarts are said to earn their owners and contractors as much as Sh3 billion annually, the money collected from the hundreds of thousands of people who hire them for all sorts of haulier jobs.
There are over 2,000 such carts in the city centre alone, owned mostly by a clique of ruthless, wily individuals.
The move has drawn a fierce reaction from the handcart pushers who says Kenyans in the informal sector have a right to livelihood and should not be unfairly targeted. They said wheelbarrow pushers like other Kenyans deserve a decent wage and need to put food on the table.
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