NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – Rate defaulters in the City of Nairobi have been given a 10-day reprieve as a deadline imposed by the council saw it collect a staggering Sh800 in arrears.
Nairobi Town Clerk Roba Duba told Capital News he was confident the extension will enable the council meet its target of collecting Sh4 billion.
He urged all who have not heeded the call to do so to avoid being inconvenienced in the future.
“We are approaching between Sh800 and Sh900 million. The pick-up was late but we expect to be nearer our target by the end of the 10-day period that we are extending to defaulters. The target was Sh4 billion but we are approaching Sh1 billion at the moment,” he said.
He said should anybody refuse to pay up, then the auctioning of their property will begin and proceeds will go to City Hall.
“The response so far is good. They are taking the message seriously and they are coming forward to redeem themselves out of this sad state of affairs of not paying for the rates.
“If they do not pay up we will take two types of action. One is to auction your property and secondly we will take over your property and we become the landlord while you remain a spectator,” he added.
His sentiments were echoed by Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa.
“If you want services to be given to you, you must pay up. The council cannot do this without any funds so I have directed the Town Clerk to increase the amnesty period,” he stated.
A spot check at the City Hall showed many people scrambling to pay the rates before the expiry of the deadline which was due on Wednesday.
There were long queues at the cash offices with many people describing the payment process as tedious and stating that more time should be given for them to settle their arrears.
They however thanked the council for extending the amnesty saying it enabled them reduce their debts.
They at the same time called on City Hall to improve on its service delivery to Nairobi residents.
“They should improve their services so that they can even decentralise their mode of payment so that we can even pay up in our estates,” stated Ambrose Owino.