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Sonko orders 3 more changes in Nairobi CBD ahead of December holidays

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Latest directive to restore Nairobi's lost glory as the green city under the sun

File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. He has announced new measures to restore Nairobi's lost glory as the green city under the sun play File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. He has announced new measures to restore Nairobi's lost glory as the green city under the sun (Courtesy)

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is keen on restoring Nairobi’s image as thriving metropolis with a range of new changes set to come into place in the next few days.

In his latest directive on a raft of measures to clean up the city, the governor has ordered all building owners within the Central Business District to repaint their buildings.

Building owners are also expected to repair sections of pedestrian walks in front of their buildings in what Sonko said is aimed at restoring the city’s lost glory as the “green city under the sun”.

“I humbly reminding all building owners within the city to repaint their buildings and repair the small section of pedestrian walkways in front of their buildings,” Sonko said.

The county boss also revealed that his administration has launched an aggressive campaign to enforce revenue compliance, maintaining that action will be taken against building owners who fail to clear their rates as well as corrupt county officials.

“For Nairobi to deliver services, we must collect revenue. I appeal to all building owners to clear their rates arrears to avoid being clamped.

“I'm aware that we are losing a lot of revenue in our markets and advertising sector through some corrupt county officials, your days are numbered.”  Sonko said.

play Governor Mike Sonko inspecting ongoing landscaping and beautification in Nairobi (Courtesy)

 

He advised business owners to “take advantage of this festive season when there will be lighter human traffic to bring back the aesthetic beauty of our city and improve the business environment".

Matatu ban in CBD

The developments are the latest in his efforts to transform the county which is currently a pale shadow of the green city under the sun.

Earlier this week, the county government announced a ban on matatus in the Nairobi CBD that is set to begin tomorrow (Monday, 03 Dec 2018).

play Matatu operators at a past strike (Courtesy)

 

This is part of efforts to decongest the city and sort out the traffic jam that is a nightmare to many city dwellers.

He has also launched a monthly clean up initiative and a beautification exercise with most city roads lined up with grass lawns and flowers.

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