Removing hawkers not the solution
I totally disagree with the people calling for the removal of hawkers from Nairobi’s central business district, where they try to eke out an honest living. Throwing out the hawkers without considering their plight would be tantamount to denying them their constitutional right to earn a living. Unless these people engage in crimes, they should be left alone to do their honest business. This is more so if the wares they sell have been legally obtained.
Many of those peddling various products in the city centres come from the less-privileged class and targeting them for removal is giving them a further raw deal.
The government of the day should ensure that these hawkers, who are actually their voters, earn a living in a dignified manner. Clearly, many of them live on the brink of ‘poverty’, which should be alleviated.
Engaging hawkers in running battles with the city askaris and police is not always a pretty sight. Isn’t it time a bazaar
(Indian shopping mall/facility) was established in Nairobi so that hawkers are not ejected from the prime location. Earning a livelihood is an inalienable right that must be protected.