Governor Sakaja orders arrest of Nairobians who record ‘Kanjos’ during raids


Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja has warned residents against recording videos or taking photographs of county enforcement officers, commonly known as ‘Kanjos’ in their line of duty.

Speaking during a meeting with the security enforcement officers in Nairobi on April 1, 2024, Sakaja warned that those found recording ‘Kanjos’ will be arrested and charged in court.

The Nairobi governor noted that the incidents of traders and city dwellers engaging in unnecessary theatrics during county inspections must stop.

According to Sakaja, the behaviour of recording Kanjos has been interfering with the officers ability and effectiveness in maintaining order in the capital city.

This comes barely a week after Kanjos were caught on camera harassing a business lady based at Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD). 

“Those recording Kanjos in their line of duty must also be arrested for obstruction of justice, why are the same people not recording police officers,” said Sakaja. 

Sakaja added that everyone in the city must abide by the set laws and regulations for peaceful coexistence.

For instance, an inspectorate officer who is on duty is authorized by Section 20 of the Nairobi City County Inspectorate Act to hold anyone they witness or suspect breaking Nairobi County laws.

At the same time, he also expressed concern about the misuse of recorded footage by some city residents to sensationalise incidents for purposes of gaining attention on social media.

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