, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4 – The City Council of Nairobi has now taken over control and management of the COMESA grounds parking lot at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
Town Clerk Roba Duba who led his officials in the takeover said the council issued the KICC management with a notice on Wednesday last week, ordering it out of the grounds to enable the council collect revenue.
The move follows failure by the KICC to pay monies owed to the council.
“Wednesday last week we gave sufficient notice to people who have dues to the council to pay up. If these dues are not paid we will take steps to enforce the right to collect under the provision of the law,” the Town Clerk asserted.
The issue has generated a tug-of-war between City Hall and the KICC management, as each side claims the right to run the open space parking lot.
Cars which were parked before the takeover including GK vehicles were clamped by City Council parking attendants.
Cars parked at the grounds will be required to pay Sh140 daily as in other city parking bays.
“The space you see here is a public space. The law provides that parking amenities and facilities in public places are managed and manned for the purpose of the public by the Nairobi City Council. The Kenyatta International Conference Centre owes the City Council Sh26 million in land rates alone,” he said.
But the KICC Managing Director Beatrice Makawiti said the land belongs to the government which has mandated the centre to manage it.
“The land belongs to the government of Kenya. The Ministry of Lands through the Ministry of Tourism gave us the mandate to manage that space until a permanent solution is found as neither City Hall nor KICC can claim that land,” she explained.
The Town Clerk said the council would continue to reclaim its assets and collect all debts owed to it.