Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Upcoming Urban Crisis

The government will soon have a crisis on its hands following its failure to delver on its promise of 500,000 jobs. Since there are no jobs, individuals are creating their own jobs as vendors or hawkers, selling all kinds of services. And since they set up shop where the market is, the city treats them as a nuisance. Recently, the Government has tried to crack down on beach boys at the Coast, hawkers, matatu gangs (route managers) and now
telephone operators who sell phone calls under umbrellas for as little as 5 shillings. Of course the mother of all issues is kiosks – and is there a Minister in the government with enough muscle to tackle kiosks? Then there’s another outlet for the frustrated and unemployed: crime

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