NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The Nairobi County Government has deployed 700 enforcement officers to ensure all illegal structures within the city are demolished.
Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke says all illegal car washes and shops will be brought down as part of measures undertaken to restore order and sanity in the city.
He further pointed out that the enforcement team has been reshuffled and reassigned specific streets to oversee, and stressed that failure to deliver will see the officials being sacked.
“All county staff responsible for enforcement will be assigned specific roles to perform, failure to which they shall be suspended and termination process initiated as it is our responsibility to offer quality services. All this is to ensure that law and order is restored to ensure the city continues to attract visitors,” he stated.
He has warned that action will be taken against traders operating in undesignated areas or using fake business permits and anyone buying anything from them.
“Residents are also being warned against buying wares from hawkers as they will also be arrested and fined. The recruitment of 600 new inspectorate officers has been approved and will commence shortly,” he said.
The County Government is also constructing a Sh200 million rehabilitation centre in Ruai that is set to host about 3,000 street children.
“We are also currently rounding up street children and taking them to juvenile homes, but some of them keep escaping to come back to the streets. We will not tire or relent in our efforts to keep them off the streets,” the Deputy Governor said.
The County Government has set also up a sub-committee expected to bring law and order within the city following the radical changes that saw the sacking of six officers from the City Inspectorate Department after they were implicated in bribery allegations.
Mueke indicated that the committee will among other things deal with illegal dumping of garbage, traffic violations and the closure of bars playing loud music within residential areas.
He revealed that the CBD had been on a downward spiral with the proliferation of hawkers, wanton dumping of garbage, lawlessness as a result of street children and reckless matatu drivers.
The Deputy Governor also says the changes are aimed to bring sanity within the CBD.
Last week, the Nairobi Governor sacked the six officers who were accused of soliciting bribes while wanton disorder was rampant in the city.
Kidero said numerous complaints had been made of the six soliciting bribes to look the other way and let wanton disorder reign rampant in the city.
The Nairobi Governor pointed out that as a result, reckless garbage dumping had become the norm as had the illegal use of parking bays by matatus and continued presence of boda boda operators in the Central Business District.
He further stated that their inaction had also led to the proliferation of hawkers within the CBD which had led to an increase in insecurity and disorder.
Kidero also revealed that other officials are under investigations and stern action would be taken against them should they be found culpable.