Court suspends new parking fees in Nairobi County

Written By: Agnes Mwangangi
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Matter comes up for hearing on January 21, 2020.

The High Court has stopped the implementation of new parking fees in Nairobi County set to take effect Wednesday pending the hearing of a suit filed by the Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek).

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High Court Judge James Makau ordered the implementation be put to hold warning the Nairobi County parking officials against charging the increased amounts.

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Cofek said the decision to increase the fees was unconstitutional because the Nairobi County Government had failed to conduct a proper public participation exercise.

They also argued it was unfair that the public wasn’t notified when the Finance Act was enacted into law on September 25.

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According to a statement from the county on Monday, the Nairobi County Assembly passed a law on September 25, which recommended an increase of parking fees in the Central Business District and along Kijabe Street from Ksh 200 to Ksh 400 while buses that are not public service vehicles to 1,000  shillings daily.

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Matter comes up for hearing on January 21, 2020.

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In January this year, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko ordered for a reduction in parking fees  to Ksh.200 down from Ksh.300 per day.

City Hall had proposed an increase to Ksh.400 in the County Finance Bill 2018 but after reported consultations it was agreed that the fees be reduced.

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