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Street families removed from CBD

Reuben Simiyu
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A beggar in Nairobi's CBD. [Photo/Nation]

The removal of more than 100 beggars from Nairobi's CBD by governor Mike Sonko's administration in an early Thursday morning crackdown is a decent move yet to clean up the city centre

The exercise, undertaken by Nairobi City County Government and the National Council for Persons With Disabilities, has gone a long way in ensuring that the problem of beggars and street families is dealt with.

The fact that the nabbed street families and beggars were taken to a rehabilitation centre, Waithera Rehabilitation Centre in Dagoretti South to undergo counseling and rehabilitation shows the County administration's willingness to ease congestion.

Congestion has for a long time limited the movement of both people and goods and this has partially been caused by the beggars that line up the streets from early on in the morning to very late hours.

Their removal will therefore see to it that movement of people going about their activities to and fro on the streets are not hampered in any way.

Support is however needed from all corners of the city and the country at large as the city's image is usually tattered by the presence of the beggars and street families.

It is sad that some businessmen use the beggars and street families to dupe unsuspecting Nairobians and people therein to trick them and even rob some of them.

Resettlement of the street families and beggars should be made swift for the city to be a beggar-free zone.

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