At least over 100 street beggars were netted from the Nairobi CBD in an early morning crackdown on Thursday, May 17, as the city centre was declared a beggars-free zone.
Those arrested were taken to taken to Waithaka Rehabilitation Center in Dagoreti South where they will undergo counseling and rehabilitation.
The 4 am exercise was undertaken by the Nairobi City County Government Enforcement Unit in collaboration with National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD).
The Deputy Director of the enforcement unit, Peter Mbaya said the operation would continue throughout until the congested streets are ridden off beggars.
Mbaya appealed for support even as the city struggles to restore its tattered image.
On Wednesday, May 16, County Executive Committee Member for Education, Youth and Gender Janet Ouko declared the city’s CBD a beggars’-free zone.
She expressed the county government’s commitment in ending begging menace which did not spare disabled beggars.
Whereas some pose genuine cases, Ouko claimed unscrupulous businessmen were using street beggars to swindle unsuspecting Nairobians.
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko had been grappling with challenges of street families even as earlier attempts to resettle them elsewhere did not yield much fruit.