Following evacuation of Thika town hawkers two weeks ago, business people operating in the town have acclaimed the county government for restoring sanity.
Led by Thika District Business Association chairman Alfred Wanyoike, the leaders said their businesses had started recouping profit unlike the times when hawkers were operating outside their businesses.
They also said that Thika environment had also been cleaned up helping Thika regain is earlier glory.
‘We are grateful to Kiambu County leadership for rescuing the glory of Thika which had been taken away by overcrowded hawkers. Although they were operating to make a living, there was no sanity. Since their clearing, we have experienced tremendous change in terms of profit and environmental changes,’ said Wanyoike.
Speaking to press in Thika town on Saturday, Wanyoike however said that most of the hawkers had been rendered jobless leaving them at the mercy of idleness which he said was unfriendly and could spike upsurge of crimes in Thika.
‘….Because they are also traders, we would ask Kiambu County government to consider allocating them a temporal area of operation. They have families and are expected to pay bills which if they don’t have a source of income will be a nightmare,’ stated Wanyoike.
Thika hawkers Chairman Dunkan Karugu lauded Thika Township MCA Andrew Kimani for introducing in Kiambu county assembly, a motion that will advocate for the rights of all Kiambu hawkers.
He said that if implemented, hawkers will have a lasting solution to their grievances noting that hawkers were entrepreneurs who if take seriously could better the economy of the country.
He however reiterated that most of the hawkers were suffering from eviction as most of them were relying on hawking for survival calling of the county government to relook the eviction by providing an operational area as it finds a permanent solution to hawkers grievances.