The askaris and traders have in the past week been engaged in violent confrontations in a bid to remove the hawkers from the City Centre. Police and council officials blame the situation on some city politicians who are politicising the issue by inciting the traders. Police say some crimes like mugging, snatching and robbery go up whenever the traders are allowed to the streets. The traders had in 2009 been pushed out of the streets and taken to Muthurwa but it is not clear why they have come back. Shopkeepers especially on Moi Avenue, Kimathi Street, Tom Mboya, Ronald Ngala, Kenyatta Avenue and other major streets complain the traders obstruct their businesses. Apart from hawkers, there are street families who at times attack and rob pedestrians. City Hall is yet to give an explanation on the situation.
Hawker shot dead by Nairobi City Council askari
5 June, 2013
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