Starehe MP demands justice for hawkers after county crackdown

Starehe MP Amos Mwago. [Samson Wire,Standard]

Starehe MP Amos Mwago has called for the Nairobi County government to compensate the hawkers whose goods were ruined by the county’s inspectorate officers, also known as ‘Kanjo’ askaris, on October 19.

The county enforcement officers had carried out an operation to eject the hawkers from the city centre, leaving many traders in losses.

Mwago, who spoke during the eradicating polio initiative in South B, condemned the brutal treatment of the hawkers by the County officers.

“No trader should be treated like that. They all have the right to be treated with dignity as they were promised,” said Mwago.

He accused the county government of betraying the hustlers, whom they had pledged to support during their campaigns.

“They promised that mama mboga or hustlers would be their priority, but what we are seeing happening now is literally contrary to their promises,” he said.

Mwago also urged the residents of South B to be careful about their health and take part in the anti-polio campaign.

He said that polio was almost eradicated and that more awareness and collaboration in the community would help end it for good.

“According to a survey, polio is almost being eradicated; we are almost there. Through collaboration and more awareness in the community, we can end it now,” he added.