Nairobi Metropolitan service boss Mohammed Badi [photo: People daily]
Nov, 13th 2020 – Nairobi Metropolitan service boss Mohammed Badi has banned activities along the walkway in the central business district. In a statement, Badi said that anyone who is licensed to have a business premise along the road should at least be two meters away from the walkway. Badi specifically addressed the flower vendors who have been selling their merchandise along the walkways.
He said, “Selling and displaying seedlings and flowers on pedestrian and cyclists’ pathways is prohibited and anyone having such plants on Non-Motorized Traffic (NMT) corridors should remove them forthwith. Where one is licensed to have such display, plants should be two meters away from the walkways.“
He also warned public service vehicle operators like matatus against parking on the walks ways saying that their vehicles will be impounded and fines imposed. Earlier in the week, Badi also declared that the NMS will reclaim all grabbed land in the city and utilize it for the benefit of the city dwellers.
He added that NMS has an inventory that indicates that there are 826 documented public spaces in the city. Of the number, 357 are under the county government and 39 under the national government.
Major Badu also noted that unauthorized officers have been allocating picking and dropping bays illegally for the Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) in disregard of the NMS orders to allow review of decongestion strategy. He stated, “No person or officer is authorized to allocate, and or assign picking/dropping bay including parking slots without written authorization from Director Roads, Transport and Public Works upon approve by the Office of the Director General.”
He added, “Parking, driving or riding on pedestrian walkways or cycle-lanes by motor vehicles or motorcycles is prohibited. Any driver or rider found in contravention will be prosecuted and their driving license suspended and where damage is occasioned to the infrastructure, the violator will pay for its restoration to previous condition.”