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High Court stalls Nairobi parking fees

07 March 2014, 15:54 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The High Court has stopped the execution of the new Nairobi parking fees with immediate effect pending the hearing of a petition over the charges.

The ruling was made Friday following a plea by Nairobi senator Gideon Mbuvi asking for the charges to be dropped until the hearing of a case in which a welfare lobby, the Kenya Taxi Cabs Association has lodged in court for the charges to be outlawed is heard.

Mbuvi argued that with a case challenging the legibility of the current charges ongoing, it was unfair to have the levies charged to Kenyans.

" I ask that the charges be withdrawn until the case pending in court is heard, he asked.

The current charges see motorists charged KES 300 for parking within the city centre and KES 200 for its environs.

Matatu and bus operators are charged even higher to park and operate in the city, a move that led to a strike by the operators on Wednesday.

Matatu Owners Association chair Samuel Kimutai says that the new charges have made running a public service vehicle an impossible business.

" The costs are unsustainable and must be looked at. We can not operate with such high costs and make money. Simple as that, he said during the strike.

Mbuvi too had urged matatu operators to shun the new charges and pay the usual rates they are used to, but the move was met with anger by governor Evans Kidero.

" There is a system to law making. You just do not wake up and decide on such things. We must respect that and the rule of law, before we negotiate. The right channels must be sought. he said.

The case will be heard April 4, 2014.

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