President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) to put together mechanisms that will see motorists in Nairobi enjoy automated service of having to pay parking fees per hour as compared to per day.
With the implementation, which NMS says is 70 percent complete, motorists will soon stop paying for a parking fee meant for the whole day and only pay for the amount of time they will be in the city.
Currently, the parking fee in Nairobi is 200 shillings per day, a fee that was set by the embattled governor for Nairobi County Mike Mbuvi Sonko who since seems to have been replaced by NMS.
Mohammed Badi, the Director-General of Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) has confirmed that the parking facilities at Sunken Car Park, the law courts, Desai Road, and Machakos Bus Station have already been automated following the order from Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We have integrated the automation of Desai Road, Machakos Bus Station, Sunken Car Park, and the Nairobi Law Courts into the Nairobi Revenue Service Program,” said the Director-General.
According to NMS, the move will also ensure the easing of traffic within the city especially with the completion of Desai and Park Road termini. The two termini will be used for parking by matatus from the central region of Kenya.
Since the “toppling” of Mike Mbuvi Sonko as the Governor for Nairobi and the installation of NSE under Mr. Badi, in just 100 days, Nairobi seems to be getting a new face. The sidewalks are being recarpeted, trenches unblocked and litter picked on a daily basis.
What NMS has been able to do in 100 days it has been in the office makes the leadership of Mike Sonko look like a bunch of jokers who only thrived in taking selfies, going live on Facebook to sweep a 100 meters of a street.