Murang’a governor pushes for law to legalize hawking

Written By: Samson Kitavi

Licensed business owners have complained about hawkers interfering with their operations

Hawkers and street vendors will soon be recognized as a profession like any other if a Bill seeking to legalize the trade is adopted.

The Bill sponsored by Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria seeks among other things to structure the hawking business into cooperatives and create a national regulatory Authority to manage the trade.

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The hawking business is as old as humankind itself from the medieval times of batter trade, though in modern times it has been seen as nuisance serving to camouflage some illicit undertakings.

The Hawkers and street vendors Bill according to Wa Iria seeks to push for the formation of national authority that will be mandated to control the hawking business.

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The new development has received mixed reaction from a section of Kenyans.

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But for the hawkers and vendors, it was long overdue.

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They claim it’s adoption would end street battles between them and county administrations.

The Hawkers and street vendors Bill is currently at the Senate after it was presented to speaker Kenneth Lusaka on Tuesday.


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