, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 16 – The Eastleigh Hawkers Association has moved to court to stop the Nairobi County Government from evicting them from where they conduct their businesses.
They are seeking an order to bar the intended eviction until a designated area is identified for them.
The hawkers contend that their livelihood is dependent on hawking in the area, saying any action to move them from the site will impact them negatively.
They have denied allegations that they have obstructed other traders’ business premises.
They said that they conduct their businesses at designated areas only.
“The petitioners have been carrying on business as hawkers in the designated area for a long time with the consent and approval of the Nairobi County Government,” they stated.
The hawkers further say that the Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero promised to provide an alternative trading area.
In the petition, the say that since September 2 they have been unable to carry on their business thus making it difficult for them to earn a living and support their families.
The association suing on behalf of the hawkers trading in Eastleigh now wants the court to grant them temporary orders allowing them to resume their work pending hearing and determination of the case.
High Court Judge George Onguto however declined to issue them with temporary orders and instead directed them to serve the Nairobi County Government and the matter be mentioned on Wednesday next week for further directions.