Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja has blasted Nairobi Metropolitan Services – NMS for plans to charge parking fees in Nairobi Estates.
“It’s quite inconsiderate of what Nairobians are going through. Many people leave their cars in the estate when they don’t have money for fuel which has also gone up. We can’t raise parking fees in town to reduce congestion then follow people to their estates and tax them again when they leave their cars there,”Sakaja said.
Sakaja noted that as the Senator of Nairobi County, he’d pushed for the allocation up from 15 billion in 2017 to 19 billion in the current financial year, which should be enough to cushion the county to meet its needs without overburdening Nairobi residents.
The Senator said he would summon the NMS and Nairobi County government to the senate after recess to revoke the proposal.
“We plan to gazette more parking areas and introduce zonal charging of the parking bays to increase revenue from parking fees,” Mr Allan Esabwa Igambi while reading the city county’s budget statement and Finance Bill, 2021 on June 24.
Nairobi county, on June 24, announced it will gazette more parking areas within the capital to grow its internal revenues.
According to Nairobi Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi, the move is part of new revenue-raising measures to ensure City Hall meets its revenue target of Sh19.8 billion against a budget Sh39.63 billion for the year starting July.
The Mohamed Badi led illegal outfit has zoned Makadara, Buruburu, Umoja, Kayole, Embakasi, Donholm estates under zone 2 where the parking fee will be Sh200 per day. Other estates in Zone 2 include, Nairobi West, Lang’ata, Madaraka, Muthaiga, Milimani, Hurlingham, Lavington, Karen and Eastleigh.
Zone 1 consisted of the central business district (CBD) and Kijabe Street, and motorists were to be charged Sh400 as a daily parking fee, up from Sh200.
Zone 3 includes all other commercial centres, excluding those in Zones I and II, and motorists will pay Sh100.
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