Hawkers in Nairobi’s Central Business District are set to be relocated in the next few weeks after a public outcry over the influx of the small scale traders into the streets of Nairobi.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has started talks with leaders of the hawkers before their relocation from the city’s CBD. The Governor is set to meet with the hawkers from November 13, 2017 in a bid to oversee a smooth relocation of the traders to Ngara area.
In a leaked phone conversation Sonko is heard agreeing with leaders of the hawkers to relocate to the allocated land in Ngara after a planned meeting between the hawkers and the Governor at City Hall next week.
The influx of the hawkers has been blamed on the failure by the inspectors from the Inspectorate Department to act professionally leading to the suspension of two senior inspectorate officials over the hawkers menace.
The acting Director Operations Crispine Caleb and Albert Kipkoech his Assistant were on Thursday sent on compulsory leave after being accused of working under instructions to sabotage Governor Sonko’s government.
Acting County Secretary Leboo ole Morintat said in a letter that the two allowed hawkers to block shops in the central business district.
“You are hereby instructed to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect and not later than Thursday 2 Nov 2017 until you are recalled to office,” read the letter.
The two were the direct bosses of the 7 Askaris who were arrested over the weekend and charged for robbing some traders.