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Ruto’s economic advisor hits out Nairobi Gov Sakaja over crackdown on smokie, mayai vendors

Economist David Ndii slams Nairobi Governor Johson Sakaja after Nairobi County askaris raided smokie and mayai vendors, destroying their property.

In a statement via X on Wednesday, October 18, Ndii said the Nairobi County leadership is not hustler-friendly.

David Ndii noted that Sakaja campaigned on an order platform ahead of the 2022 general elections with a plan to put hustlers in markets.

“The Nairobi County leadership is not hustler-friendly. That is why I keep prodding Sakaja Johnson on it. Sakaja ran on an “order” platform. His plan was to put hustlers in markets which is #UpperDeck sillyness. Street vendors are on streets because that is where customers are,” said the Presidential Council of Economic Advisors chairperson.

A statement by Ruto’s economic advisor comes after a section of Kenyan online expressed their displeasure with Sakaja’s administration for raiding street food vendors in Nairobi CBD.

Several trollies were impounded by the Nairobi County officers and loaded into lorries.

Eggs and smokies could be seen all over the road with broken glass from the trollies beside them.

Following public outcry, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja ordered the immediate release of all items confiscated by security personnel who targeted street food vendors on Wednesday. 

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In a statement on X, formerly Twitter, the Nairobi Governor noted that the events that transpired in the CBD were highly regrettable, vowing to take action on those found culpable.

 “We have had cordial relations with informal traders for a year but lately there have been unfortunate incidences that seek to sabotage that. We will take disciplinary action,” Sakaja said.

“I have ordered the immediate release of all confiscated items, apologized to the traders, and personally compensated each of them to the tune of 10,000 shillings each. 

“Operating without the required documentation, including a Medical Certificate from Public Health that every food handler must have for the safety of Nairobians, they did not deserve such treatment and we are dealing with this internally.”

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