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