Ksh. 10,000 Or Six Months Jail Term for Blowing the Nose Without a Handkerchief
Spitting on any footpath or blowing the nose aimlessly other than into any suitable cloth or tissue will land you in jail in the new by-laws signed by Nairobi County Deputy Governor.
Anyone found blowing nose in public or shouting risks a fine of between Ksh. 10,000 to Ksh.500,000 or six to 12 months in jail.
Public spaces, in this case, include buildings, recreational grounds, open spaces and parks.
This is after the Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Act 2021 was signed into law by Ann Kananu the Deputy Governor and Acting Governor of Nairobi county on the 20th of August 2021.
Nairobi City By Laws[photo: Screengrab courtesy]
Ms. Kananu said that the objective of the act is to provide for control of public nuisance and empower the county to take necessary and reasonable lawful measures for the maintenance of the county.
“The Act is meant to bring order and sanity in the city”, she added.
Among those present during the signing ceremony was the Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly Benson Mutura, Nairobi County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka and Members of the County Assembly.
The bill was tabled by Riruta MCA Kariuki Kiriba.
Other punishable offenses approved include urinating or defecating in public spaces, riding a motorcycle or driving a vehicle along a footpath, lighting fires in open spaces, washing, dismantling or repairing a vehicle in the CBD among others.
Edited by Pendo Setim.