Nairobi County government on Monday issued a statement to address the new laws in the city with the Governor reminding residents that they dwelled in the Capital city.
The new laws contained in the Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Bill, 2021 have now been signed into law and acting city governor Ann Kananu was happy to have them.
“Nairobi is the face of Kenya. We all need a clean and hygienic environment to live and work in,” she said adding that it was the responsibility of all Nairobi city dwellers to familiarize themselves with the laws and avoid being caught for the city has to be clean.
Some of the contentious issues now include blowing your nose without a handkerchief or tissue paper in Nairobi, you risk being fined anything between Sh10,000 and Sh500,000 or an imprisonment term of between six to 12 months.
This also applies to when you are caught urinating in undesignated spaces, spitting on the streets, sleeping in kitchens or food stores, among others defined as misdemeanors.
The new laws also prohibit discharge of dirty water, sewer or effluent into streets or water channels, discharge of oils into roads or water channels, and obstruction of roads or streets.
It also prohibits residents from allowing trees and hedges in their homes or places of work to obstruct streets or footpaths.
According to the laws, it is a criminal offence to ride motorcycles or driving vehicles on footpaths, playing loud music, and smoking in undesignated places.
Kananu, the acting Governor also added that county officials should take this matter with seriousness in order to bring sanity in the city.
“This is part of what we promised our great people of Nairobi. We must work round the clock to achieve this. A healthy environment is paramount to all of us,” Kananu noted.
A person found flouting the new law will be liable to a fine of anything between Sh10,000 and Sh500,000, and imprisonment of six to 12 months depending on the offense committed.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga