City hall names DP Ruto's office as biggest parking fee defaulter

More woes for DP Ruto

File image of Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto’s office took top spot of the 11 government institutions that had defaulted on parking fees.

Documents from City hall stated that Ruto’s office had a bill of Sh203 million since 2014 with Sh189.08 million in regards to 113 parking spaces on Harambee Avenue while Sh14.06 million for 10 allocated spaces along Parliament.

The other government institutions are the High Court which has a bill of Sh105.1 million for 72 parking slots in Mlimani, Central Bank owes the county government Sh77.2 million for 46 parking spaces, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KBS), Kenya Police and Ministry of Finance have a bill of Sh42.3 million for 64 slots.

Tom Tinega, who is the Director of Parking, explained that the Sonko led team had written to the institutions to settle their bills but no efforts had been made by some of them.

“We do not know if it is default because we have been making demand notes to them.

“Some like Parliament and Kenya Revenue Authority used to pay a while back but they are not doing that now,” remarked Tinega.

The default fee accumulated by the government institutions is Sh678 million as reported by Business Daily.

Tinega further noted that the offices would be approached directly by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to settle the arrears once he is informed.

“It is an issue the Governor can address, maybe it has not been brought to his attention,” stated the Director of Parking.

Sonko's government struggles to hit target for parking fee revenue

In January, Governor Sonko had reduced the parking fee from Sh300 to Sh200 much to the delight of motorists.

Despite the move, City Hall has been unable to hit its revenue goals for parking fees due to the huge debts accumulated by the defaulters.

The County government has however been blamed for having weak resources to catch defaulters with the collection of the fees having dropped from Sh2.05 billion in the financial year 2016/17 to Sh1.88 billion for the financial year that ended last June.

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