The Senate has been urged to fast track debate on the Hawkers Bill to ensure small proprietors go about their business in a conducive environment.
The draft Protection to Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill 2018 proposed by Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria seeks to among others license street vendors and protect them from harassment by police or county askaris.
Major towns in the country are flooded with hawkers. This has made it extremely difficult for pedestrians to walk in the streets as hawkers have taken up footpaths to sell their wares forcing pedestrians to compete with motorists for the limited space available.
Licensed traders have also been complaining that hawkers block entrances to their premises.
The draft Protection to Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill 2018 which seeks to license street vendors and protect them from harassment is before the senate.
The bill proposed by Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria is meant to bring sanity to the sector.
Wa Iria is appealing to the senate to fast-track the Hawkers Bill to pave way for a smooth engagement between traders and the government.
He noted that the informal sector contributes over 3.6 trillion shillings annually to Kenya’s economy and thus should not be ignored.