Pending court case costs Nairobi County government billions
23 December 2013, 15:18
Nairobi - The Nairobi County government is hopeful that the case barring the implementation of new rates and charges for the city will be dealt with quickly.
The government is opposed to the order by the High court allowing city
motorists to temporarily pay old rates for parking fees and says it will suffer
immense revenue losses.
The County government filed an urgent suit Friday seeking the orders
stopping the new rates from being effected immediately as well as the one barring enactment
of the Nairobi City County Finance Act be lifted.
lawyer Tom Ojienda, the county
government and the Nairobi County board will suffer immense revenue loss and
that an earlier order had been given which they believe was effective enough.
determined that the Nairobi County government and the Nairobi County board did
not violate any rights of the 26 Matatu Saccos or in the enacting of the
Nairobi City County Finance Act,” said Mr Ojienda.
Court judge Isaac Lenaola declined to give into the Nairobi County government’s
request saying that it would be ridiculous to lift the temporary relief and
argued that at the Matatu Saccos had not approached them to present their
grievances and that a judgment delivered on Wednesday dismissed the public
service vehicle operators’ suit with finality.
claimed that the decision has far reaching implications on the Nairobi County
government and the Nairobi County board as it threatens to divest their
legitimate revenue in parking fees without a remedy.
also alleged that the temporary relief order to city motorists’ amounts to a
reversal of a court order which has been repeatedly held as there exists
confusion on which rates are in operation.
the Wednesday judgment by Justice Lenaola, the Matatu Saccos moved back to
court to halt the immediate enforcement of the Nairobi City County Finance Act
and payment of new rates and were granted a temporary relief.
George Odunga on November 18 ordered the stopping of the implementation of the new
rates which were to be effected on November 1as per Schedule 6.1 of the Nairobi
City County Finance Act until the hearing of the case initially filed by the
public service vehicle operators was heard and determined.
case will be heard on January 2.
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