We will evict hawk­ers from CBD even if it costs us votes, say Kidero and Mueke

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

The Nairobi govern­ment has said it will stop hawk­ers from creep­ing back into the city cen­tre. Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero and Deputy Gov­er­nor Jonathan Mueke said they are de­ter­mined to end the men­ace, even if it costs them re­elec­tion. The county also tar­gets boda boda op­er­a­tors, street chil­dren, premises with loud mu­sic, mata­tus and il­le­gal car wash points. “We are chang­ing this nar­ra­tive by of­fer­ing gen­uine lead­er­ship. We do not care that it is an elec­tion year. We must de­fend and re­store the dig­nity of walk­ing, liv­ing and do­ing busi­ness in this city. And we will do this at ev­ery cost,” Mueke said. “We are done with Eastleigh and we are push­ing on with other ar­eas. Peo­ple in Bu­ruburu can now breathe.” A com­mit­tee chaired by Mueke re­cently re­solved that hawk­ers be ex­pelled from Eastleigh’s cen­tral busi­ness district af­ter a con­flict be­tween them and other busi­ness­peo­ple.

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