Parking Fees in Estates Opposed by the County Assembly
Last year the court stopped City Hall from increasing the parking fees in the city centre from Ksh. 200 to Ksh. 400.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services recently announced that it was planning to introduce parking fees in the residential estates' parking. The public responded harshly to this plan.
The Kenya Alliance of Residents Associations (KARA), through the CEO Henry Ochieng, stated that "The county government should give more attention to ensuring that they get value for the taxes by improving service delivery as opposed to introducing measures that will only exacerbate the economic challenges faced by residents of Nairobi,"
KARA also threatened to move to court to ensure that the move was thwarted.
Senator Johnson Sakaja also called out the NMS, stating that they already had enough resources and that Nairobi residents were not cash cows
Owing to the public outcry, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services through the director, General Mohammed Badi recalled the decision saying that they will review and look at the matter properly.
Today, the members of the Nairobi County Assembly termed the move illegal.
"The committee hence wishes to clarify any attempt to collect parking fees for vehicles parked in residential areas is illegal and is not backed by any legislation from the county assembly," said Mr. Robert Mbatia who is the Assembly's Budget and Appropriations Committee, chairperson.
-Edited by Skeeter Imisa
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