Nairobi governor Mike Sonko is keeping up with his laudable efforts to clean up Kidero’s mess across the city. This time, Sonko has moved to reorganize hawkers in the CBD with the aim of streamlining business operations in the capital.
In a proposal dated October 9, the County government plans to relocate and register hawkers who must be Nairobi residents.
“We expect the relocation to start immediately. The activity should take at least one month,” reads part of the proposal.
“Anyone who disobeys the above rules should be charged by the court of law. To reduce conflicts, the city askaris should provide proof by taking videos and photos.”
The governor and his deputy also propose to license the hawkers before they are allocated space to ply their trade.
The vendors will now have to pay a one-off fee of Sh 2,000 every year to operate in the city. Registration process is free.
The Nairobi leadership says it will computerize registration of all hawkers in the town centre and traders at Muthurwa market before the end of November.
The County also wants hawkers to stop conducting their business in walkways and in front other business premise. They will also be prohibited from trading beyond Tom Mboya Street.
They are also required to operate only on one side of the roads and must leave enough space for pedestrians.
The measures, which take effect immediately, were agreed upon after a series of consultative meetings between the county government and hawkers’ representatives.
The guidelines also provide for short-term and long-term measures that the county government will implement in three phases.
Phase one provides for the establishment of two committees, one executive committee comprising of eight members with two members representing City County officials and six representing the hawkers which has been tasked with receiving reports from the hawkers’ committee.
The second committee will represent hawkers with designated spaces in each street.
The two committees will be tasked with ensuring a harmonious relationship between City County askaris and ensuring that hawkers conduct their businesses in strict compliance with the County’s by laws.
Phase two will include long-term solutions such as identification and registration of genuine hawkers who have been in the business for long.
Traders within Nairobi will use their identification cards to register and the exercise will begin with those based at Muruthwa market. The registration, according to the report, will be complete by December.
Phase three involves relocation of Eastleigh hawkers.
This is after complaints by the Nairobi Business Community that hawkers have been disrupting businesses by conducting their businesses in front of their business premises.