Senator for Nairobi Johnson Sakaja has said the proposal by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to levy parking fees in residential areas is unacceptable.

Sakaja was reacting to a City Hall’s proposal to gazette more parking areas and charge based on location and estates.

He said that Nairobians are already heaving under the burden of financial strife and are barely making enough to cater for their daily needs especially during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that he has pushed the allocation for Nairobi County from Sh15 billion to Sh19 billion in the current financial year and said it suffices to the county’s needs without burdening Nairobi residents.

The senator said he will summon the Nairobi County Government and NMS to the senate to revoke the proposal once they are back from recess.

Nairobi Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi said that City Hall planned to gazette more parking areas and introduce zonal charging of the parking bays to increase revenue.

Igambi said that on Thursday while reading the City County’s Budget Statement and Finance Bill, 2021.

The move has met opposition from city residents, motorists and public transport operators.