14 November 2018

Kenya: City Hall to Hire 800 More Askaris (To Get Rid of Boda-Bodas)

City Hall will recruit 800 additional officers (askaris) to beef up the enforcement of by-laws in the capital.

Nairobi County government says in its annual development for the 2019-20 financial year that lack of enough personnel has derailed enforcement of city by-laws including the ban on boda-bodas from operating within the city centre.

It will spend Sh600 million by June 2020 to recruit and train the new staff who it hopes will boost efforts to maintain law and order within the city.

The number of officers under the dreaded inspectorate unit remains unclear, but former head of the department Peter Mbaya said they had 97 officers as at January.

"The county will recruit 800 constables in the 2018-19 financial year to increase manpower for effective and efficient service delivery," City Hall says in the plan.

City Hall added that the staffing deficit had curtailed efforts to rein in on breaches such as littering, hawking and business operating without licences.

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