Nairobi City County Assembly MCAs have now demanded an explanation on constant arrest of business owners by the City Inspectorate Officers
In a statement presented to the House, Parklands MCA Jayendra Malde has requested an explanation from the Chairman Secretariat Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs why business people are being arrested across Nairobi County under the watch of City Inspectorate Chief Officer Mark Leruk.
Malde who spoke exclusively to K24 Digital confirmed receiving several complaints by residents of the Business Community over harassment by askaris from the County and Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
“My office has received various complaints by residents from the business community over harassment by County askaris and from the NMS despite having legal documents of their business establishment,” Malde said.
The Nairobi County Inspectorate Act 2017 states that the City Inspectorate Department is tasked with enforcement in order to prevail and maintain the county.
Malde has urged the Chairman of the Committee to give a status on how often enforcement officers undertake their training and when they last undertook their training.
He also urged them to inquire why the officers use force in undertaking their mandate and if they are aware of section 23 of the City Inspectorate Act 2017 which requires them to be orderly.
When reached for comment, Leruk dismissed the allegations terming them baseless and political.
“These are politics. We are just doing our work. No one has ever brought such a case to my office,” Leruk said.
K24 Digital understands that most members of the business community in the city have had complaints in the recent past about being harassed by the County Askaris popular known to many as city Kanjos.