Disabled Street Beggars Pushed Themselves Out Of Wheelchairs And Ran To Avoid Being Arrested

Disbelief as ‘disabled’ street beggars got up from wheelchairs and fled to avoid arrest

During a mop-up operation of physically challenged street beggars in Thika, Kenya, drama, astonishment, and incredulity erupted as 38 of them sprinted for their lives before being apprehended by the police.

On Saturday, police raided the town and detained beggars who had been defrauding people of their hard-earned money by posing as physically challenged.

The street beggars revealed how they faked infirmities and limitations to get money from the public during the exercise.

Some people who were known to crawl in the streets or to be in wheelchairs all the time raced faster than the cops and vanished in the streets.

One of them was a woman who was crawling on the floor prior to the raid but stood up and walked by herself after being arrested.

The police and children’s department conducted the drill in response to a sharp increase in violent begging in Thika town, which targeted supermarket exits and popular streets.

Surprisingly, the beggars, the majority of whom are claimed to have come from Tanzania and are recruited in Nairobi, disclosed that in a poor month, they earn more than Ksh150,000.

They said that by begging, they have been able to make significant investments in enterprises, real estate, and their own maisonettes.

Geoffrey Sawunda, a young Tanzanian, told Kameme TV that he works for his female boss and earns roughly KSh 4,500 each day.

“We ask for money in Thika, then in Kayole and other locations,” says the narrator. We can make roughly KSh 4,500 in a day, which we share with my boss, Mama Mwaru, who resides in Kariobangi,” he said.

Stephen Kitavi, a 21-year-old father of one, frequents Thika streets after moving from Donyo Sabuk market. He claims to earn about Ksh70,000 each month, which he claims is enough to sustain his family and invest a bit.

“I was in an accident years ago, but I was able to recover.” To receive help on the streets, I appear to be physically crippled. I arrive in Thika town around 6:00 a.m. with my walking aids, and because I’m well-known, people are willing to assist me,” he said.

They claim that begging is a simple way to acquire money, aside from certain nasty people who make fun of them when they ask for help.

“With Kenyans, the kindness is unrivaled. You may imitate a disability with simply a container and a wheelchair and gain sympathy. “I guarantee you won’t miss Ksh2,000 or more in the evening,” Evelyne Maria, another beggar, remarked.

Lina Mwangi, the Thika Sub County Children Officer, said that most of individuals arrested utilize children to gain sympathy while begging. They would not allow children to be used as street beggars, she warned. Only two Kenyans were among the 38 people arrested, according to her.

“They come early in the morning and late in the evening, smiling after a successful day of deceiving the eternally trusting, charitable Thika locals,” the children’s officer explained.

Despite the fact that begging is not a crime, she stated that the police and courts will have to decide if they will be prosecuted with getting money by deception and being in the county unlawfully.

She stated that the majority of the children will be placed in children’s homes, while others will be deported to their home countrie