In Summary

  • Sakaja plans to scrap parking charges on weekends
  • Sakaja says it will enhance more business  transaction especially in the Nairobi Central Business District.

 Nairobi Governor Sakaja Johnson has proposed the  scrapping of  weekend parking fees in the city.

 Speaking during the Finance Bill 2023 presentation by all  his County Chief Officers Sakaja says it will enhance more business  transaction especially in the Nairobi Central Business District.

 When the Finance Bill 2023 is approved by the County Assembly. I propose not to charge weekend parking fees in Nairobi. This will encourage business  establishments to open during the weekend and also provide an opportunity for Nairobi residents to support businesses and accord them an opportunity to transact on the weekends. I know times are hard. But lazima Nairobi iWork, this city is ours.  We also want to attract more visitors to the CBD during weekends.

Governor Sakaja 27th April,2023

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I will ensure security provision round the clock. Other leading  cities in the World are very vibrant during the weekends. Nairobi should adopt the same vibrancy. As this will ensure growth.

Governor Johnson Sakaja 27th  Sep 2023

Recently, Nairobi City County Chief Officer, Revenue Collection, Wilson Gakuya, led other Chief Officers and County staff to the launch of the validation of the Finance Bill 2023. The new parking fees will be factored in this Finance Bill.

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 The essence of this session with respective sectors was to confirm and justify the various proposals for amendments of fees and charges by the various sectors. The session output helped with the preparation of the Finance Bill 2023, which went through a Public participation exercise several weeks ago. The Finance Bill 2023 will eventually be submitted to the Nairobi County Assembly for approval to the Finance Act. The provisions of the Act will help the county raise its own source of  revenue to meet county budgetary expenditure.

Revenue Chief Officer Wilson Gakuya 27th April,2023.

City Residents Reaction

This could be the best move ever the governor mean well to the city and I think it will help us businessmen to get more customers  who always fear to shop within CBD because of parking. But all in all is  a matter  of wait and see.

Nairobi City Resident.

It is a good move for business people but let us have order even as they implement it because one other thing that those charges helped in controlling is congestion within the CBD.

Taxi-man Nairobi CBD

BY Allan Otieno

April 28, 2023

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