Row over taxis in Kenyan capital rages

May 19, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19 – The City Council of Nairobi (CCN) has filed a suit seeking to temporarily halt orders barring it from implementing new rules on licensing taxi cabs within the city.

The Council is challenging orders obtained on February 12 by officials of Kenya Taxi Cabs Association.

CCN is aggrieved by the decision and is complaining that the orders stopping it from effecting the new rules are stifling the performance of its statutory and civic duties in regulating the taxi business in the city.

Among the contested regulations is one requiring all taxis to be painted yellow. So far, 181 taxi operators are said to have complied with the regulation.

The City Council argues that the taxi operators obtained the orders without disclosing to the court that the Council had the power to control and regulate the taxi business.

CCN is defending its decision of January 5, 2010 to regulate the taxi business saying it was within its mandate. It further argues that the orders are discriminatory as they only benefit a section of taxi operators in Nairobi.

According to the Council, all the taxi operators were invited to a meeting on January 13 this year to deliberate the proposed changes on licensing and were informed of the new rules.

Justice Roselyn Wendoh who heard the Council’s application directed that the officials of Kenya Taxi Cabs Association be served with the suit papers and set an inter-parties hearing for Thursday.

Separately, a cashier, has denied stealing over Sh7 million from the Standard Chartered Bank.

Elijah Odiva Okumu, is accused of committing the offense between April 8 and May 17 this year at the bank’s Kenyatta Avenue branch in Nairobi.

He was released on a Sh500,000 cash bail until July 19 when his case will be heard. In the same court Stephen Chorio Kiai denied stealing Sh0.69m from the Safaricom Staff Sacco with others already before the court on April 1 this year at Safaricom House.

Mr Kiai was ordered to pay Sh100,000 to secure his release pending trial next month.


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