Parking fees in select areas of Nairobi are set to double as of Wednesday the 4th of December.
A notice from the County Director of parking fees, Tom Tienga, confirmed the rise in parking fees within the CBD and along Kijabe Street from Ksh.200 to Ksh 400.
The hike is in line with the Finance Act that was passed on the 25th of September this year. The act categorizes Kijabe street and the CBD as zone I; these are the areas that will attract the Ksh.400 parking charge. Parking in zone II will attract a charge of Ksh.200 and Ksh.100 in zone III.
— Eric Njoka Ledama 🇰🇪 (@eriknjoka) December 2, 2019
Areas in zone II will include: Westlands, Upperhill, Community, Ngara, Highridge, Industrial Area, Gigiri, Kilimani, Yaya Centre, Allsops, Mwiki, Dagoretti, Kawangware, Kangemi, South B, South C, Nairobi West, Lang’ata, Madaraka, Makadara, Buruburu, Umoja, Kayole, Embakasi, Donholm, Muthaiga, Milimani, Hurlingham, Lavington, Karen and Eastleigh.
In addition, buses (non-matatu) will pay a daily fee of Ksh.1000.
In typical fashion, angry Netizens criticized this move citing oppression from the county government.
Raila Odinga Junior took to his twitter account to say:
Governor Mike Sonko has kept his promise of reducing levies imposed on Nairobians by reviewing parking fees upward by 100% ,the irony of it being done amidst poor drainage and impassable roads in the CBD, interesting!
— Raila Odinga Junior (@Railajunior) December 3, 2019
Another angry twitter user said:
What service has Governor Sonko offered extra to justify a 100 % increase in parking fees in Nairobi
— Julius Okara (@okarajulius) December 2, 2019
The embattled governor who recently, made round on social media after posting a picture of his dining room that put out a show of sheer opulence, a move that saw angry Netizens elicit sharp reactions.
One twitter user said:
Floods in Nairobi but one idiot caked Sonko is showing his golden dining room full of LONELINESS.
Surely money cannot buy you everything pic.twitter.com/7J28RFEiIv
— Willy G (@WilsonWaGitau) December 1, 2019
featured image courtesy: Citizen Tv