Credits: © Boniface Mwangi/OSF
Country: Kenya

Simon Macharia

“I started hawking fruit when I was 13. They never used to arrest me when l was young. Once they started arresting me, I would go to court, accept the charges and get fined. They would charge me with multiple offences such as “shouting”, “dumping”, “blocking the road”, if I failed to pay a bribe. Between 2005 and 2007, I was arrested and charged in court 30 times. Each time, the bail was set between Sh2,000 to Sh10,000 (US$20-US$100). The arresting and prosecuting officers were the same each time, and they never came to court. One day, the judge said l shouldn’t be arrested again. If I could, I would to sue the Askaris but l can’t afford it.”

Petty Offences
Courts Systems
Fees and Fines
Use of Public Spaces
People Groups:
Informal Workers