Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has protested Chief Magistrate E.A Nyaloti’s order allowing hawkers to do business in the Central Business District (CBD).
Sonko, unhappy with the order says that the county government will appeal against the order.
“In as much as we respect the rule of law and the decision by the Honourable Chief magistrate, the county Government of Nairobi shall appeal against this decision which came to our attention yesterday in the evening,” the county boss said in a statement.
Sonko also noted that the order brought with it chaos. On Thursday evening, he says, hawkers were all over the city; Hilton Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Serena and other areas within the CBD.
“However we wish to state that we have no any ill intention against the hawkers but our wish is to make Nairobi one of the cleanest city in Africa just like Kigali,” Sonko states.
The county government is however constructing markets where hawkers will run their businesses from. These markets are; Mwariro in Kariakor, Kiraindini, Muthurwa, Wakulima, Jogoo Road, Westlands and City Park.
Sonko will also construct “one big stage” for boda boda riders who have been banned from conducting business in the city’s CBD area.
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