Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja has received the nod to start the process of kicking street families out of the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).
This followed a decision by the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) on Thursday, December 1, to unanimously approve a motion to eject street families within the CBD.
Furthermore, the MCAs issued a one-month notice on the planned removal of all the street children from the city center.
A photo Collage of a man donating to a street family and Nairobi County MCA Waithera Chege at a past event
These include all the street families that either live or claim to engage in socio-economic activities in the county.
The MCAs had earlier called on Sakaja to domicile a rehabilitation centre for street children and families to bring order and sanity to the city.
Led by Nairobi South MCA and Deputy Minority leader Waithera Chege, the MCAs asked Sakaja to fast-track the building of the Ruai rehabilitation centre.
"This will facilitate a better life for the families," Waithera stated.
According to the County legislators, the constitution provides that all State organs and public officers have the duty to address the needs of vulnerable groups within the society.
The MCAs claim that these vulnerable groups include women, older members of society, persons with disabilities, children, and the youth.
Waithera stated that street families and kids are vulnerable as they are exposed to harm and exploitation.
Kenyans have accused some street kids of mugging, pick-pocketing, and snatching items from them.
Nairobi County has the highest number of street children in the country with a record of 15,337 as per the 2019 census report.
Street urchins in Nairobi.