A boy who has been living in the streets of Nairobi has found a new family after being rescued by Governor Johnson Sakaja.
The county boss said on Tuesday, November 15, that Ibrahim Ali touched his heart while inspecting works in the city's Central Business District.
The homeless boy is said to have approached the governor and pleaded for help to go back to school, months after being abandoned by his family and left to fend for himself in the harsh streets of Kenya's capital.
The governor promised to take Ali back to school, saying he has a bright future.
"Ibrahim Ali. This young man touched my heart. While inspecting works in the CBD, he walked up to me and said he wants to go to school," the governor said in a tweet.
"He’s been living in the streets for months after being abandoned. He has now found a family and will go to school. I see a bright future."
An elated Ali later accompanied the governor to his well-furnished office in City Hall where they had a chat about his future and newfound family.
Ibrahim Ali. This young man touched my heart. While inspecting works in the CBD, he walked up to me and said he wants to go to school. He’s been living in the streets for months after being abandoned. He has now found a family and will go to school. I see a bright future 🙏 pic.twitter.com/JIprYYwU8E— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) November 15, 2022
Sakaja bans street families from footbridges
The latest comes two days after the governor banned street families and hawkers from Nairobi's footbridges.
Speaking at AIPCA church in Dandora, Nairobi county on Sunday, November 13, 2022, the outspoken governor stated that the move will help curb the spate of street crime.
The county boss assured the affected traders that the county government will allocate them appropriate places to work from.
"To make sure that there is security there were street families that were staying there and we have cleared them, we have cleaned the bridge, the fire department has come with its pipes and nobody will be allowed to conduct business to live on our bridges and fly-overs," he said.
"If you want a space for trade we will find you a space for trade but not in a public utility like that."
Additionally, Sakaja threatened armed robbers terrorising residents in Nairobi and vowed to deal with them after he lost a close friend to the thugs.
The county boss disclosed that his administration was seeking plans to deal with the menace.
The county boss pleaded with the youth terrorising residents to stop the criminal acts and vowed to offer them job opportunities.
"Vitu mbili zitafanya uwe adui yangu, kuchafua Nairobi na kuingia kwa 'crime'. Vijana wa Nairobi mnaniangusha, wachaneni na hii maneno, mtaumia…we are serious," he stated.
"Nitawapea nafasi za kazi na biashara, wacheni kuibia watu. Nimepoteza rafiki wangu 2 weeks ago kwa kudungwa kisu…Nitakutana na IG Koome kesho, ili tuwe na suluhisho ya hii crime,"he added.
At the same time, the governor also urged parents to counsel youths against engaging in criminal activities.