Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Sam Ojwang’ has vowed to deal sternly with hawkers and loiterers in Kitale Town and its outskirts.
Speaking to journalists, the county official said he had mobilised security teams and would soon begin an intense operation to flush them out.
He also sent a stern warning to bar owners and brothel operators behind a prostitution ring operating in the central business district.
“Those of you who have come here thinking that Kitale is the place for your illegal business, we have our eyes on you. We won’t allow you to turn this town into an immoral centre day and night,” he warned.
He also called upon the parents and guardians of the children loitering in the town to take their responsibility seriously and send them back school.
“We have given you one week. We don’t want to see any child loitering in the town. We will arrest whoever we find on the streets.”
In May last year, Trans Nzoia County Children’s Officer Aston Maugu said there were more than 1,350 street children.
Some 470 children have parents and only come to the streets to beg.
According to the national census figures released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the total number of outdoor sleepers/street families in the country is 20,101
This does not include the children at rehabilitation centres and those in educational institutions.