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By SYLVANIA AMBANI

A video of a city hawker in a public display of anger after her wares were seized by county askaris has gone viral capturing the attention of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The clip that was first shared by an online user by the name John Boog was re-shared by the governor on his Facebook page, with an appeal to anyone who knows the lady to bring her to him.

In the video, the enraged woman is seen standing in front of a vehicle belong to the county government preventing it from moving, while demanding to be given back her goods.

The woman also complains of harassment by the askaris.

Hiyo ni kazi yangu tafadhali, nipee kazi yangu, wananiambia ni court order,” she says while sobbing.

The video has since been shared more than a hundred thousand times.

Last year a court order directed hawkers to operate from designated areas instead of operating all over the streets of Nairobi’s CBD.

While dismissing a petition by over 500 hawkers to stop the Nairobi City County Askaris from barring them from trading along Moi Avenue and Tom Mboya Street, Chief Magistrate Peter Muholi said hawkers, “musts engage the licensing authority to allocate them specific areas.”

This what Kenyans online had to say about the situation of the hawker in the clip: