Nairobi motorists to pay hiked parking charges
18 December 2013, 13:59
Nairobi - Nairobi residents will pay increased parking charges after the high court threw out a plea to have the charges revoked.
Matatu owners had gone to court in October to have the charges revoked and their plea was granted a stray of execution pending hearing of the suit.
High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola threw out the case by the matatu owners on grounds that they did not give substantial reason to have the charges withdrawn.
The matatu owners in a rejoinder, said they will consider moving to the court of appeal to have the decision reviewed.
It thus means that parking within the city centre will rise to KES 300 daily up from the previous KES 140 with those outside the city centre but within the city's precincts paying KES 200.
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero has defended the move to increase a number of rates and charges in the city saying that there is need for added revenue collection to improve service delivery.
" There is need for revenue collection to increase if we are to have a better city. There are no two ways about it, he said.
The charges will come as a blow to Kenyans who are already grappling with increased cost of living and the ruling comes just a few weeks after the proposed NSSF charges were announced to the public.
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