NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero says City Hall officers should not use excessive force when dealing with hawkers especially within the Central Business District.
He urged all County Government employees to do their work in a humane manner.
He however stated that his administration will be firm when dealing with hawkers who are within the city centre illegally.
“Hawkers must be treated in a humane manner… and in cases where we find they have not been treated well, disciplinary action will be taken. But also we cannot accept for politics to be introduced in the management of county affairs,” he said.
The Nairobi Governor further emphasised the need for politicians not to use the work done by the county for their own personal gain.
“All of a sudden, we have seen situations and cases where the most active of our askaris and being targeted and accused wrongly for others to advance their political interests and I do not think that is acceptable,” he pointed out.
He stressed that while the County Government will rein in on errant employees, it will not allow outside interference.
“We cannot allow the management of hawkers to be politicized. We have a sense of responsibility; we will make sure that people are treated well but we will also not allow the targeting and harassing of our security people in the name of hawkers,” he stated.
He explained that employees also have their rights and they we will not allow them to be harassed by politicians for their own gains.
Two City Hall guards are facing murder charges after they were accused of stabbing a hawker to death in an operation to eject them from city streets.
Their arrest followed an order from the Director of Public Prosecutions to the police.
The askaris and traders have often engaged in violent confrontations.
Police and council officials blame the situation on some city politicians who are politicising the issue by inciting the traders.
Apart from the hawkers, there are street families who at times attack and rob pedestrians.