Some of the Kiosks which were operating within the government compound in Thika, Thursday, January 4, 2017

Food hawking resumes in Laikipia County

By Jacinta Wanjiru/Beatrice Muriuki

Food hawkers in Nyahururu Town of Laikipia County have resumed their business despite a ban imposed on hawking cooked food openly being in place.

The hawkers who had over the weekend, pleaded with Governor NdirituMuriithi to allow them sell food to earn a living, were back on the streets to peddle their wares against the law.

The Department of Medical and Health services had slapped the ban on food hawking on April 29, 2019.

Among the foods prohibited are smokies, samosas, mutura, sausages, roasted and boiled maize, roasted sweet potatoes, githeri, chapatis, tea, arrow roots and fish.

The governor, who was on a meet-the-people-tour in the town, promised to make regulations which they would follow for them to continue running their businesses, which he is yet to release.

Most of the food hawkers interviewed by KNA said that they had undergone difficulties trying to find alternative suitable jobs.

“Our burden has been lessened since we were fully dependent on hawking. We are now happy to have our businesses back,’’ said Miss Ann Nyambura, a roast sweet potato vendor at Nyahururu open air market.

Most of the hawkers are selling their goods after 5pm when buyers are many, with the return of these open air markets, seen as a relief for buyers too.

“Most of the customers are available in the evening since that is the time they break from work,” said James Njoroge a pineapple vendor.

The governor had urged them to maintain hygiene when carrying out their trade, which they adhered to.

“We are trying our best to avoid littering our compound,” said Ms Grace Wambui, adding that the ban had made life unbearable since she was not able to pay her children’s school fees and bills.


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