How street families are becoming nuisance to businesses at Nakuru’s Pinkam House

Nakuru businessman Njuguna Njoka has called on the County security team to move in with speed and address the nuisance caused by street families around Pinkam House.

Njoka who is the Proprietor of the Estate of P.N Kamau says the street families around Pinkam House have continued to cause insecurity.

According to Njoka, the street families continue to harass businesses as well as those headed to board vehicles at the new matatu stage opposite Municipal Mortuary.

Passengers from town headed to the new matatu stage have also raised complaints about harassment by the street families at Pinkam House.

Led Ndirangu Wang’ere, they said most of the street families who have made Pinkam and around flyover as their dwelling has become a security threat with especially in the evening when they are rushing to beat the curfew time.

They say even women are now afraid of the area around Pinkam House due to the insecurity being occasioned by the street families.

“The security team should act because this issue around Pinkam House is now becoming worse,” said Wang’ere.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Jackson Musiori who says they are now afraid of even being mugged around the area.

He adds that even as the government puts measures in place on the fight against COVID-19, the street families around Pinkam House in Nakuru have continued to remain a threat as they are far from observing the simple guidelines such as social distancing and hand washing.

In a letter dated February 26, 2020, to the Nakuru County Secretary, the Estate of P.N Kamau had raised the matter of the menace being caused by the street families on the verandah at Pinkam House Plot block 10/5 along Mburu Gichua Road, Nakuru.

Njoka, however, says despite the complaints being raised severally, no action has so far been taken by the relevant authorities.

He says if the matter is not addressed soon the area will be insecure for any businesses and tenants as well as customers will walkout leading to shut down of businesses hence a blow to the economy of Nakuru county.

“We have raised complaints severally on the issue but the relevant authorities seem not to listen to us. If this continues then we are afraid it will make the area insecure and risky to our tenants and customers” said Njoka.

However, Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui through a phone interview was categorical that the business persons should liaise with area OCS and Assistant county commissioner over the same.

He, however, was quick to note that the street families’ issue in Nakuru town needs collective responsibility to reach a permanent action.

“Let the business persons around Pinkam House liaise with the OCS or the area Assistant County Commissioner. If they will not get the assistance they are free to talk to me,” said Mbui.

Pinkam House is a centre of numerous activities with many businesses operating in the building.

The businesses now calling on the county security team led by County Commissioner Erastus Mbui to act and ensure that the street families are taken away from the area to allow business-friendly environment.

The issue of street families within Nakuru town has continued to be a challenge with issues of rehabilitation still a challenge.

Former Nakuru Street Boy Acy Dante empowering others

As a former Nakuru street child, Acy Dante has seen it all. Were it not for a well-wisher who saw the potential in him, Acy would probably still be in be streets, or worse. 

The former street boy is now a successful entrepreneur but above all, he is determined to use the little he has to help other street boys and girls.
“Had it not been for a well-wisher who saw what I was going through and the potential in me, probably I would still be roaming the streets of Nakuru. Maybe something awful would have happened to me,” admits Acy Dante.
To give back to the community, and in appreciation to the person who rehabilitated him, Acy Dante is now on a mission to help rehabilitate other street families and give them a second chance.
Through his influential Nakuru Tujuane Facebook page, Acy has built a huge following of over 177,000 fans. Together, they will be holding a huge concert for the street families with the aim of getting them off the streets and giving them a new lease on life.
“We are targeting to interact with between 300 and 500 street children on Sunday the 15th of October. There will be medical checkups for the street families, we’ll feed them, clean them, clothe them, deworm them, give them grooming services like haircuts and above all offer counselling,” reveals Acy.
What Acy is looking at however is a lasting solution for the street children. For him, it is not enough to have a good time with them and watch them go back to the streets until the next event.
“We are looking forward to having interactive sessions with the street children to try and understand them. We want to know why they are in the streets, the challenges they are going through, why they are not in school and how we can assist,” reveals the former street boy.
Acy says that he knows for a fact that some of those in the streets have families and are in the streets because of either misunderstandings or other challenges.
“We will identify those with families and see whether it’s possible to have them go back. We will find ways to assist those willing to join school and for others, find how they can be gainfully employed,” reveals Acy.
The Nakuru Street Kids Day as it has aptly been named will happen on 15th October 2017 at Muthaiti Gardens (formerly St. Georges School). The event is set to happen between 10 AM and 6 PM hosted by Acy Dante.
Other activities will involve music and dancing, a sermon, a soccer match and poetry with volunteer doctors and nurses attending to the sick.
Entertainers like MC Blacko and Rough Shizo will be in attendance.
Those willing to support the event are requested to bring along clothes, services and offer services like barbering. They are however requested not to bring any not ready to eat foodstuffs.
“Remember most of them will be going back to the streets and it doesn’t make much sense to bring them grains or flour which they won’t be able to cook,” says the youthful organizer.
With a budget of around Kshs. 230,000, Acy Dante is also requesting well-wishers wishing to assist to contribute to the success of the event through Paybill number 843458. To talk to the organizer, the phone number is 0797 144 777.

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