Nairobi county defies court order, collects illegal 400sh parking fee

Parking attendant in the CBD

Push and pull between the Nairobi County administration and private car owners rages on after “illegal” 400sh parking levy imposed by the county government was stopped by a court order.

On Friday, private motorists reported being forced to pay Sh400 in the central business district (CBD) instead of Sh200 they paid on Thursday.

The High Court Judge James Makau on Wednesday temporarilty stopped the implementation of City Hall’s fee increment until a petition by the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) is heard and determined.

On Thursday, county officials complied with the order and reverted to Sh200 fee for private cars.

But come Friday, the county disregarded the judge’s order went on to charge Sh400.

While defending the county askaris, Nairobi County

director of parking Tom Tinega claimed they had yet to be served with the court order.

“We cannot implement an order we have not seen. We are ready to comply immediately it is served and we get instructions from our legal department,” he said.

COFEK lawyer, Henry Kurauka however denied the allegations and insisted on a contempt of court charge against Nairobi County for failing to honour the judgment.