Creating a Conducive Trading Environment for Nairobi’s Hawkers


To bring order to Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), the county government is relocating hawkers to new areas.

The Markets Director, Joyce Kyengo, led a team to mark out designated trading areas for the hawkers, and the governor has given the green light for businesses to be set up in the back lanes.

As part of their efforts to improve the working conditions for hawkers, the county government plans to install electricity, construct better trading spaces, and erect sheds.

To date, around 6,000 hawkers have registered with the county, and Governor Sakaja has proposed that they occupy 29 streets and back lanes within the CBD to gain access to more customers.

To ensure that the public’s views are taken into consideration, the county government has invited feedback on hawking in the CBD.

The relocation process is expected to commence soon.

In addition, Governor Sakaja has pledged to build 20 new markets across Nairobi and allocate a space for every trader, demonstrating the county government’s commitment to creating a favorable trading environment for hawkers to thrive.

Nairobi Street Hawkers

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