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Nairobi launches probe into claims of foreign beggars in CBD By Milliam

Milliam Murigi @millymur1

Nairobi county government has launched investigations into claims of foreign beggars in the central business district (CBD). This comes barely a week after the county teams conducted day and night raids to flush out street families.

County Education, Sports and Gender minister Janet Ouko said the Inspectorate Department and the National Police Service detectives are working to ascertain the origin of the beggars. “It is believed that foreigners are lured to Kenya by unscrupulous businessmen with the promise of getting jobs only to be taken to the streets to beg,” she said.

Ouko said the CBD is a commercial hub and removal of street kids from is part of ongoing cleaning and beautification programme. “This is part of Governor Mike Sonko’s agenda, especially in beautification and keeping the city clean.

We don’t want a situation where there is disorder,” she said. She revealed that more than 1,000 street children had been rescued and others taken to court in the ongoing CBD raids.

Those rescued have been taken to several centres including Kayole, Bahati, Shauri Moyo, Joseph Kang’ethe and Makadara. “Kayole Centre has 70 children who were rescued, Bahati 106, Shauri Moyo 30, Joseph Kang’ethe 52 and Makadara 114. However, all these centres still have room for more children,” she said.

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