Arusha Times (Arusha)
April 14, 2007
Posted to the web April 15, 2007
The Arusha Municipal Council has embarked on a continuous exercise to clear Arusha’s major streets of beggars and street children and repatriate them to their home villages.
Following last week operation conducted by municipal militia , some of the major streets such as Sokoine and the East Africa Community roads had very few adult beggars but street children could be seen roaming and begging as usual.
According to the Arusha municipality public relations officer, Elias Malima, this exercise is done repeatedly to make sure the streets remain clear without beggars or street kids who disturb pedestrians and motorists by asking them money.
Earlier attempts to round up adult beggars and street children have not been successful as they normally return to their street bases within a couple of weeks.
In December last year more than 300 beggars were sent back to their home villages but up to mid January this year most of them were back in Arusha and begging as usual with glee and relish.