Allowances for city askaris aimed at ending corruption

Nairobi City Council askaris during Operation Clamp Down on Koinange Street on July 31, 2013. FILE PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI |

What you need to know:

  • The askaris have been accused of seeking bribes from motorists, hawkers and those arrested for breaching county by-laws.
  • The security workers were paid Sh1.9 billion, nearly a fifth of Nairobi’s wage bill.

Nairobi County has introduced a special allowance for city askaris to stem bribe-taking under an ambitious reform plan that will also see the security officials accorded ranks similar to those in the police force.

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