The County Government of Nairobi has finalized the development of its new parking payment system. Following the change of guard at City Hall, the newly sworn-in governor Johnson Arthur Sakaja stated that the County had broken ranks with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
The Authority had been incorporated into the County’s parking fees collection in March 2020. This was after a controversial power-sharing deal between the County and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) created under the Executive Office of the President.
Various sources have intimated that some of the reasons why the County had decided to disengage from KRA were that the Authority was not meeting targets set by the County and that their system was filled with controversies in that Nairobi County Officials could not tell exactly how much had been collected in a particular day.
Motorists have been paying parking fees via a USSD code *647# that is linked with the KRA system. Tim Tinega, the county government’s Director of Parking on Wednesday 31st August 2022 stated that the development of the platform was in its final stages but did not state how motorists would be paying the fees on the new system.
Parking fees remain one of the greatest earners of revenue in many counties and more so in Nairobi County where motorists pay anything from Kenya Shillings 200/- to 300/- daily. Besides private motorists, all Public Service Vehicles pay a seasonal parking fee charged monthly that is between Kenya Shillings 3,500 to upwards of 10,000/-.
We at spaceyamagari.com shall give a detailed analysis of the parking system once it is up and running.