USD 11.5 million. It’s a staggering figure. That’s enough to pay the school fees of 811,000 Kenyan Primary School Children for one year… Yet this is what is extorted from hundreds of thousands of hawkers and informal traders in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, every year. Many of these people earn 100 dollars or less every month. Behind this extortion are officers working for Nairobi City’s government. Officers who operate with impunity, and often use deadly violence against the hawkers.