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‘Expatriate’ beggars put on notice 

APDK chairman Fred Owako (left) receives two tricycles donated by Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri (second right). Looking on is Deputy governor Dr. Eric Korir (Extreme right) and County Executive for Women, Youth, Culture, Gender, Sports and Social Services Halima Gababa Abdulahi. The deputy governor and the CEC said foreign beggars on Nakuru streets would be deported once consultations with other relevant departments and other stakeholders were completed. Photo by Dennis Rasto/KNA




Nakuru County government has put on notice beggars from neighboring countries who have invaded streets of Nakuru Town.
Deputy Governor Dr Eric Korir said the devolved unit was exhausting all legal avenues before arresting and repatriating beggars who he termed as an eyesore and a public nuisance.
Speaking during celebrations to mark International Day of People with Disabilities at Kiamaina Secondary School in Bahati Sub County in Nakuru, the deputy governor said repatriation of the beggars could spark off diplomatic rows and court cases if handled carelessly.
“The county government will do it in an orderly manner. We are in consultation with immigration department, the police and other relevant stakeholders. Repatriation of beggars has to be done in a humane manner” stated the Deputy Governor.
County Executive for Women, Youth, Culture, Gender, Sports and Social Services Halima Gababa Abdulahi, said the county government was aware of the beggar menace in the town and was discussing modalities of removing them from the streets.
A few months ago, officials from Immigration Department rounded up scores of beggars from neighboring states and arraigned them before law courts on charges of being in the country illegally.
During the celebrations, a Member of the Association of People with Disabilities in Kenya (APDK)Nicholas Muchemi, lashed out at the County Government for turning a blind eye to the ‘foreign beggars’ menace in major towns within the county.
Both the Deputy Governor and Ms Abdullahi assured the residents that once all the relevant departments had agreed on the next course of action, the County Government would have the beggars arrested and arraigned before law courts.
By Anne Mwale

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