Following a public outcry over the recent flooding of the small-scale traders into the streets of Nairobi, Governor Mike Sonko has revealed plans to relocate the hawkers.
Sonko said that his administration has identified Mwariro Market in Kariokor as a permanent place to relocate hawkers.
“My administration has a comprehensive plan to ensure hawkers’ interests are taken care of. As a long-term measure, my administration has identified Mwariro Market to be transformed into a hawkers’ market,” Sonko said on Wednesday.
The governor added that his administration has set in motion a plan to acquire the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU) building located along Haile Selassie Avenue and transform it into a hawkers’ market.
Sonko also noted that the relocation will be humane, pointing out that his administration is working on means to ensure a progressive relocation of the hawkers to designated streets and lanes where they can freely do their businesses without obstructing other people as well as other business owners.
“Nairobians must know that the relocation of hawkers from the CBD has been politicised by those seeking mileage and political relevance to the disadvantage of the hawkers who are taxpayers like any other Kenyan. Hawking is one of the economic activities that provide employment in the urban informal sector and offers self-employment to hundreds and contributes to the gross domestic product. Consequently, their relocation must be handled with soberness.,” Sonko said.
As a short-term measure, the Nairobi CBD was on Tuesday looking tidy without hawkers. Taking to his popular Facebook page, Sonko shared pictures that he claims were taken from 3 – 4 pm on Tuesday.