Nairobi shopkeepers demand action against hawkers

Hawkers on the streets in Nairobi

Traders have accused county askaris of pretending to arrest hawkers only to pick bribes and allowing them back in full swing. They said “enough is enough” adding the last festive season was the worst ever as they did very little business

By The Weekly Vision Online

Shop keepers in Nairobi have raised the red flag over the flooding of assorted goods by hawkers within Nairobi’s CBD, saying they are unable to sell much yet have to meet daily overheads.

The shopkeepers through their associations’ chairman Mohamed Hassan who is based along Luthuli Avenue have challenged Nairobi County Governor M/S Anne Kananu to resolve the hawkers’ menace once and for all saying that the cat and mouse games with county askaris were only fanning chaos on city streets.

The hawkers, he said block street pavements effectively putting a human curtain over shop windows who are then unable to display their goods to potential customers. Along Accra Road, Free-mark group chairman Ezekiel Mutua said many of them may be forced to close down due to a lack of business. He blamed hawkers for luring away customers with cheap and substandard goods.

Traders have accused county askaris of pretending to arrest hawkers only to pick bribes and allowing them back in full swing. They said “enough is enough” adding the last festive season was the worst ever as they did very little business yet they have to pay for the licence, rent and staff salaries.

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