The business community in Embu is lamenting an infux of beggars from Tanzania who they complain are scaring away customers.
According to the Embu County Chamber of Commerce Chairman, John Mate, the influx of the beggars is causing unnecessary human traffic hence obstructing businesses.
“The beggars who are also disabled have now become a menace to the business people in Embu town,” noted Mate.
Mate accused a cartel operating in Embu, Kerugoya and Chuka towns of using the beggars for their own selfish interest.
“We already have reported the matter to the police and other relevant authorities, including the county government and the department of children services, if they are not going to work to resolve this menace we will take it upon ourselves to get a solution,” said Mate.
He said traders may be forced to invade the houses where the beggars are being housed to flush them out if the police fail to take any action.
The Embu West Sub County Police Commander, Julius Meli said that the security officers have noted the increase of the beggars and are carrying out investigations.
“It’s true their numbers in town is worrying and this raises a concern, we are going to make arrests soon and deport those found to be here illegally,” said Meli.
Some boda boda operators in Embu have said they have been hired severally to pick and drop the beggars in a particular house.
“We take all of them to a particular one roomed house,” said Chris Murithi.
A spot check by KNA in Embu town revealed that some of the beggars were using babies to attract pity from passersby.
By Kimani Tirus