Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Gives Government Jobs to 'Chokoras'

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has announced that he will give government jobs to street children, commonly referred to as chokoras.

    Governor Sonko has promised that the street children within Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD) will now be city cleaners hired by the county government.

    The street children will also be provided with government housing so long as they do not return to the streets.

    "I am committed to working with you I hope you will not disappoint me. I will pay your rent for one month but make sure you don’t come back to the streets," Sonko assured a number of them who attended his meeting at City Hall on Thursday.

    In response, the street children promised to stay off the streets and quit abusing drugs.

    "We are ready to leave the streets; you will not see us on the streets once we get a place to stay," one of the street boys told the Governor.

    Statistics from the Consortium of Street Children (CSC) an international organization, the number of street children in Kenya are estimated to be between 250,000 and 300,000 with Nairobi being home to roughly 60,000 of them.