In order to end Kiambu County hawker’s standoff, Thika township ward MCA Andrew Kimani has vowed to introduce a motion in Kiambu County Assembly which will order the county to allocate hawkers operational land in all towns.
Kimani who was a hawker before he was elected said that common people in Kiambu survive on small scale business activities which the Kiambu government must encourage by creating an enabling environment.
‘People who reside in Kiambu major towns survive on small businesses and the government cannot ignore their contribution to the economic growth of the county. Having served as a juice hawker previously, I know how paining it is for hawkers to be cleared without being told where to operate from. My first motion will fight for the rights of hawkers; it will encompass establishment of operational area for hawkers, it will also mar county officers from harassing vendors anyhow,’ he said.
He said that time was due when the Kiambu County provided amicable and permanent solution that will favour hawkers, kiosk vendors and established businesspersons.
Kimani pointed out that it was the governments mandate to better the lives of its people by offering quality leadership that transformed their livelihoods promising to fulfill all the promises he made to Thika township voters.
He exuded confidence that should Kiambu County assembly pass the motion; involve both business and leadership stakeholders, business wrangles between county officers and vendors would be a thing of the past pleading with MCA’s to rally behind his motion.
It is only two weeks now before Thika town hawkers were cleared out of town. Most of the hawkers have been complaining that their expulsion rendered them jobless incapacitating their lives.
‘I have been surviving on hawking business until our eviction by the county government of Kiambu. Am now unable to pay my bills including rent because I don’t have another source of livelihood,’ said Dennis Kamau, a hawker.
Our investigations in Thika town since the hawker’s ejection however reveal that sanity has been restored and businesspeople who earlier decried operation of hawkers outside their premises are content with hawker’s dismissal.