by Irine Chumbaa
In his plan to decongest the city, Governor Mike Sonko plans to restrict hawkers to specific areas within Nairobi’s CBD.
Further, the plan aims at ensuring that hawkers don’t operate in front of shops before 2 pm. It also outlines that occupying both sides of the street would be illegal.
According to the released document by City Hall on October 10th , the traders will also be required to pay an annual license fee of ksh2,000 and only the registered voter’s of Nairobi will be allowed to carry out business.
The fees are meant to facilitate the provision of ample environment, for the hawkers in their operations.
“We expect the process to start immediately and it should take one month. Once done, we shall have achieved the governor’s manifesto, allocation of space will be done with fairness to ensure everyone is given space within their current working environment”.” reads part of the document.
The county government will also provide garbage bins and clean the streets on a regular basis to ensure a secure environment for hawkers to thrive in.
And no hawkers will be allowed along Moi Avenue, those found culpable will be charged in the court of law.