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Sonko to hire street children to cleanup city centre

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has said he will hire city street children to cleanup the Central Business District (CBD).

According to Governor Sonko, street children to be hired will also be provided one month rent by City Hall.

The governor made the remarks on Thursday when he met a group of street children at City Hall.

“I hope when I hire you, you will not disappoint me because I am committed to working with you. I will pay your rent for one month but make sure you don’t come back to the streets,” said Governor Sonko.

QUIT DRUGS

He told them to quit drugs and crime first and promise not to return to the streets as a condition to be hired.

In June 2016, Nairobi County commenced building a home for 3,000 street children in Ruai at a cost of Sh200 which was expected to be completed in mid-2017.

The county said that with the completion of the home, street in the CBD will be a thing of the past.

STREET CHILDREN HOMES

City Hall currently has capacity to hold only 269 street children in rehabilitation homes across the city.

The rehabilitation home in Kayole houses 95 children, Bahati has 103 children, Shauri Moyo has 28 children and Joseph Kang’ethe accommodates 43 children.

The Consortium of Street Children, an international charity organisation, estimates that street children in all Kenyan urban centres could number between 250,000 and 300,000.