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Nairobi to spend KSh180m on recruiting 500 more ‘Kanjo’ officers

In Summary

  • 500 more inspectorate officers to be recruited in Nairobi in the next financial year.
  • The county is currently outsourcing services from other agencies.

City Hall is seeking to recruit 500 more inspectorate officers commonly known as ‘Kanjo’. Nairobi County Government says it is understaffed and is currently outsourcing services from other agencies.

Governor Ann Kananu’s administration also plans on a gradual succession plan to replace the ageing staff. The Nairobi County Annual Development Plan for financial year ending June 30, 2023 says: “A total of 500 new officers will be recruited in the next financial year as the county looks at having the required workforce aimed at improved service delivery and prompt response.”

The city inspectorate department currently has 2,567 inspectorate and compliance officers. The officers are tasked with providing security to county installations, properties, and sentries and ensuring compliance with county by-laws and orders.

Kanjo Bad Rap

The Kanjo officers have occassionally earned a bad rap for harassment and cruelty to hawkers, street children, and other petty offenders.

The Directorate of Enforcement Services Mark Leleruk says they plan on capacity building through rolling out training programmes, as well as rebranding.

“We intend to rebrand and get rid of the culture associated with corruption and brutality, especially when dealing with hawkers,” said Dr Leleruk.

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