By Governor Kidero Via Facebook
As the country grapples with insecurity issues, the Nairobi City County is stepping up its contribution to help reduce the incidents.
Last week a notice was given to Kiosk owners with or without licenses to remove any Kiosks located in specific commercial and residential areas. This was after the City inspectorate team made recommendation after conducting an audit of the vulnerable security points around the City.
The seven-day notice is for traders who have kiosks stations outside Churches, learning institutions, schools, social Halls and on isolated roads to vacate and seek guidance from City Hall for alternative sites.
It has come to our attention that majority of criminals pausing as traders are using the structures to monitor and study residentâ€™s movements before they rob and strike innocent Nairobians. The County government will therefore remove these structures to avert impending attack whether large or small scale.
Rarely would you question or suspect a Kiosk attendant who are often hidden in the dark kiosks outside your gate and this is where the security lapse begins.
The County government shall also remove illegal boda boda stages as we have discovered that some Boda boda operatives are aiding quick get away and assisting and abating criminal activities.
I would like to appeal to Nairobi residents to help identify and report such cases or kiosks that pause a danger to City hall’s Inspectorate Department and we shall assist with any re-allocations to protect Nairobi residents. Not only do these kiosks provide shelter for suspected criminals but also provide a natural gathering of people who may be surveying peopleâ€™s movement patterns and passing information which is then used to plan attacks.
The County government has also established that Kiosks outside learning institutions pause a danger for the vulnerable school children as some of the kiosks have been found to sell drugs to the students.
We will assist with re allocations for traders who will be affected by this move and where possible work with the residents to find suitable locations for such trading activities without affecting the livelihood of those who own such premises.
The Nairobi City County movement notice lapses this coming Wednesday after which the county inspectorate will move in to clear the said kiosks.