City council attendants or “Kanjo” as popularly known are the city’s worst nightmare. No Kenyan wishes to have an encounter with them especially those in the country’s capital, Nairobi. They are more feared than the regular police. This is due to their violent nature when confronting Kenyans who are in the wrong and harassment. They tend to beat up people and destroy their property, especially hawkers. Drivers, matatu conductors, boda-boda attendants, and vendors are the most unfortunate Kenyans since they are always on the lookout for the city askaris.
Having parked without paying for a parking ticket, double parking, parking on the curb or parking on the yellow mark in the parking lot we will earn you a wheel clamping or a fine with the Kanjo. In Mombasa, a city council parking attendant experienced the wrath of a scorned woman after being confronted by an angry woman. The incident ensued outside the Agha Khan hospital when the woman refused to pay for parking fees leading to a confrontation with the attendant. The enraged woman attacked the Kanjo and beat him up. The woman became loud and started insulting him.
The scene attracted many onlookers curious to see a woman beat up a Kanjo. It was until some security guards from the hospital came to the rescue that the man got saved from the beating. Many Kenyans would opt to stand by and watch a Kanjo being beaten rather than go to their rescue. They are the least like public service officers in the country. In Nairobi rarely does a week go by without an incident between hawkers and Kanjo ensuing. For the city drivers always pay for your parking ticket and ensure you have parked at the designated areas otherwise your car will earn a date with a yellow tyre clamp.