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Crackdown on food hawking in Maua Town begins

Public officers in Maua town have launched a crackdown on illegal food hawking to enhance hygiene in the Town.

Deputy Public Health Officer in Igembe South sub-county Allan Njiru maintained that they have been able to arrest eight hawkers and collect food items from hawkers who fled during the exercise.

“Through the help of police, eight hawkers have been arrested and taken to Maua police station where they are awaiting to be arraigned,” Njiru noted. He said the majority of hawkers have no medical certificates and food licenses, hence exposing their consumers’ lives to danger.

Njiru added that they will not relent until they ensure sanity is restored in Maua town. “I warn those in hideouts that we are not going to rest until we ensure the town is clean. We have begun the battle to prevent outbreaks of diseases such as typhoid and cholera especially now we are about to receive rains,” Njiru said.

He noted that those caught will risk arrest and persecution adding that hawkers cook foods in unhygienic conditions such as along dusty streets without minding the wellbeing of their consumers.

“It is our duty to ensure members of the public are not consuming unhealthy and unhygienic food at any cost,’’ he said, adding that with the help of police and the County Government law enforcement team, they will ensure sanity is restored back.

By Kamanja Maeria and Jadiel K Abigael

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