When driving along Nairobi – Mombasa highway one encounters hawkers along the road at Makutano Kyumbi, most of them sell drinking water, soft drinks, bananas, sugar cane, and vehicle accessories like Wipers, first aid kits to travelers. But that will no longer be the case. This is after the Athiriver Subcounty security committee banned the hawking.
Athiriver Subcounty commissioner Charles Wambugu led the Subcounty security committee to visit the area Wednesday.
“We have toured Kyumbi with the Athiriver Subcounty security committee because this year alone 2 hawkers have been involved in accidents. One of them, as we speak, is in hospital.” Wambugu said.
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“This is not the first time we have talked to them. It is now the third time. We have informed them it is safe to sell their wares while on the sides of the road not coming to the roads and competing. That is what causes accidents.” He went on.
Wambugu asked the OCS Kyumbi to work with traffic officers to ensure enforcement of the ban so as to save lives. Concerns have been expressed over the increasing number of hawkers on the roads who chase after vehicles to compete on who makes a sell first.