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Drama unfolds as Nairobi County govt clamps GK vehicles

16 April 2014, 18:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Nairobi County government clamped at least seven national government’s (GK) vehicles bearing the Council of Diplomat (CD) registration numbers outside Nyayo House for alleged obstruction and double parking.

This sparked the drama when the drivers of the clamped vehicles, comprising officers from the ICT and Health ministries, Administration Police and IEBC, engaged the council askaris in heated war of words over their action, as angered police officers dismantled the clamps on their vehicles and drove off.

A Nairobi County Government official who sought anonymity said the orders to clamp the vehicles came from the authorities in Nyayo House.

The Nairobi County Assembly’s Speaker supported the askaris, holding that GK vehicles must be parked at designated parking bays and that they must also pay parking fees like private vehicles as stipulated in the County’s by-laws.

“The GK vehicles should be parked inside the Nyayo House compound since there was no provision for parking along Posta Road to obstruct traffic flow,” said Magelo.

However, Nairobi Regional Coordinator, Njoroge Ndirangu called on County government to spare national government vehicles saying that the vehicles were used by officers while on duty and that there is no alternative place for parking.

Ndirangu urged the county government to be courteous and always consult other relevant authorities before clamping government vehicles to avoid disruptions of daily business.

The famous Nyayo House hosts the ministry of Energy and many government departments including the Immigration department. However, there is inadequate parking space forcing many drivers of government vehicles to seek parking outside along Posta Road.

As a fine to clamped vehicles that have defied paying parking fees, the askaris put receipts of KES 2 300 on the windscreens threatening to tow vehicles of defaulters to the respective county department at the added cost of not less than KES 7 000.

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