Nakuru-based Metro Church International Bishop Dr Mike Brawan has called for a lasting solution to the issue of street children in Nakuru Town.

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Speaking on Sunday during a free feeding programme for children from all religions sponsored by the Metro Church, the clergy stated that the rising cases of street children in Nakuru town are worrying.

According to Bishop Brawan, the county government of Nakuru should partner with other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the trend.

The bishop argued that if the matter is not addressed, then the town that is set to be elevated to city status will face major security challenges.

“It is high time we find a lasting solution to the issue of street children,” said Brawan.

The clergy urged churches to come up with free feeding programmes integrated with empowerment initiatives to help the more than 700 children sleeping on the streets to find a sanctuary and become useful to society.

The bishop's sentiments were echoed by Mike Dockrey, a missionary from Metro Church in America.

In June, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui ordered street children in the county to register with the social service office in the county.

He further warned residents against giving the street kids food and money, arguing that the behaviour was encouraging them to remain in the streets.

"By giving them money and food, we are giving them incentives to remain in the streets," said the county boss.