Eastleigh hawkers in court over eviction
Published on: September 16, 2016 02:47 (EAT)
Eastleigh Hawkers’ Association has moved to court to stop Nairobi City County Government from evicting them from where they conduct their businesses until a designated area is built for them. They argue that they derive their livelihood from hawking adding that they have no place to run their business if the respondents evict them. They have denied claims that they are obstructing the respondent’s business premises. They claim that they conduct their businesses at designated areas only. “The petitioners have been carrying on business as hawkers in the designated area for a longtime with the consent and approval of the Nairobi City County,” they argue. The hawkers further say that the Nairobi Governor, Dr Evans Kidero, promised to provide an alternative trading area. In the petition, the argue that since the 2nd of this month, they have been unable to carry on their business thus making it difficult for them to earn a living and support their families. The association, suing on behalf of the hawkers trading in Eastleigh, now want the court to grant them temporary orders allowing them to resume their work pending hearing and determination of the case. High Court Judge, George Onguto, however, declined to give them orders sought and directed them to serve the respondents. The case will be mention on Wednesday, September 21. Early this month, Eastelighhawkers clashed with mall owners after mall owners closed the shopping malls citing hawkers’ menace. The hawkers say it’s unfair to evict them and criticized mall owners who closed their premises on in protest against them. The Eastleigh Hawkers’ Association accused the mall owners of insincerity and grabbing public land, leaving them with no option.