Hawkers are known to fill the pavements area’s where people walk through. A number of them have taken over the pavement area just at the doorsteps of the Kenya National Archives building.
It has raised concerns among the residents, as they often leave no space for the pedestrians, and if one steps on the goods , the hawkers expect payment.
Many of the residents feel that the disorganization currently happening in the populous spot is affecting smooth movement of people especially during evening hours.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja in 2022, revealed that his government would allow hawkers to operate in the CBD from 5pm to 10pm.
Sakaja made it clear that, ‘The way we deal with hawkers is not by engaging running battles now and then,’ the hawkers are part of the private business community and contribute to the economy,”
The residents said that they have no problem with the hawkers selling, but it should be done in an order, and without affecting others.
Other residents claimed that they have to use different routes to escape the chaos.
The residents are asking the county government to either relocate the hawkers or bring some order to ensure smooth movement of people.