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Nairobi MCAs pass motion banning parking of broken-down cars on roads

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 14th, 2023 2 min read

Nairobi County Assembly MCAs have passed a motion by Roysambu member Sospeter Mumbi to ban the parking of broken-down vehicles on roads and pedestrian walkways.

The motion which successfully sailed through seeks to enforce section 14 of the Nairobi City County Transport Act, 2020, which prohibits any activities on road reserves and spells out the sanctions for violation of the same.

The member stated that his motion has been propagated by the presence of many vehicles in the county that are broken down and whose owners are unknown and that such vehicles are often parked and left along main roads, in estate roads and public spaces, hence resulting in obstruction of pedestrian walkways.

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“Such abandoned vehicles present obstruction to flow of traffic mostly along pedestrian walkways and that such vehicles provide inadvertent hiding spaces for would be criminal, hence pre-exposing residents to security risks,” the MCA said in his motion.

Also, the member stated that the presence of such old abandoned vehicles on road reserves constitutes encroachment onto road reserves that are meant for road construction-related activities.

The Assembly is now asking the administration of Governor Johnson Sakaja through the Transport sector to issue a public notice asking the owners to remove all broken down vehicles and road construction equipment from any public spaces in the County or they be removed by the County at the owner’s cost at the expiry of a period of two months.

Also, the county has been asked to issue a public notice to all car yard owners to vacate any public spaces they operate in within one month at the expiry of which the County will enforce compliance through an operation of towing away the vehicles.

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Further, the County Executive Chief Officer for Security and Compliance puts has been asked to put in place measures for countywide operation to enforce the foregoing vacation notices at the specified timelines; and continuously monitor any further violations for action.

During the sitting which was chaired by nominated member Malyu Ali, Nyayo Highrise MCA Kennedy Odhiambo Oyugi was suspended for five days over misconduct.

Malyu, who is a member of the County Assembly Speaker’s panel said that the suspended MCA will not be allowed to attend any committee sittings, and will not be allowed to enter the County Assembly premises until the suspension is over.

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