Director of General Department for Residency Affairs Brigadier Saud Abdullah Al-Khaddar and Director of Public Relations and Security Media Department Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash have affirmed that presence of hawkers throughout the country is one of the negative phenomena prevalent in Kuwait.
In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, the officials indicated that hawkers are seen in many major roads, roundabouts, intersections and signals where they operate without legal permission, stressing the need to confront them strictly for the good of citizens and expatriates.
They insisted that such hawkers disrupt the security of the country as some do not have valid legal residencies and some sell expired or banned commodities which are dangerous to the health of citizens and expatriates especially since they do not have health certificates.
Al-Khaddar said all legal procedures iave been taken in coordination with the concerned authorities including Kuwait Municipality to confront such a phenomnon, indicating that sudden inspection campaigns have already been launched in all six governorates to eradicate this phenomenon.
He affirmed that the residency of any expatriate involved in such illegal activities will be cancelled and they will be deported, adding that their sponsors will be deprived of the right to sponsor workers.
Meanwhile, Brigadier Al-Hashash said the hawkers' activities are illegal as per the bylaws and regulations applied in this regard, stressing that they endanger their own lives through traffic accidents by standing near traffic signals.
Revealing that the department has launched a new awareness campaign to urge citizens and expatriates to avoid dealing with such hawkers for their own safety, Brigadier Al-Hashash affirmed that such campaigns will not be put to an end as they are aimed to increase the awareness of citizens and expatriates regarding the dangers of dealing with the hawkers.
Source: Arab Times