Kidero seeks court help over Sh65 bn dues owed by state

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has asked his lawyer to return to court and seek its help in forcing the government to pay City Hall some Sh65 billion owed from accrued levies.

According to the governor, the courts had ordered the national government to pay the money but that directive has not been honoured.

As such, Dr Kidero now wants to go back to court and ask the judge the force the state to pay the dues which have accrued over the last ten years.

The dues include parking and license fees and land rates among others.

“The national government owes my government Sh69 billion in parking and license fees among others. We have gone to court but it has failed to pay. I have instructed my lawyers, including James Orengo, to return to court,” Dr Kidero said yesterday in Huruma.
He was speaking at the Masinde Muliro grounds in Nairobi’s Mathare constituency where his political party ODM held a rally.
He complained that despite the initial court order instructing the national government to pay the said amount, the state is yet to honour the directive.
“We have no option at the moment as county government but to go back to court and demand for the pay,” Kidero said.
Three months ago, Kidero asked senators to help the county government secure the payment from the state.
Dr Kidero who appeared before the Senate’s Public Accounts Committee in June appealed for the senators’ support in pushing the national government to pay.
The senate is however yet to make any move on the matter.
Kidero had told the committee chaired by Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o that despite a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta two years ago, the matter has not been resolved.
He enumerated to the committee that parliament alone owes the City County Sh46 million on land rates and pleaded with the senate to help the county get the money to offer essential services to Nairobians.

Kidero said parking areas around the Office of the President, that of the Deputy President along Harambee Avenue, Jogoo House, and Treasury belong to the Nairobi City County and therefore ought to be paid for.

Other areas that also owe the County Government a substantial amount include parking areas around Central Bank, Kenya Revenue Authority and that of the ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“These facilities belong to the County Government and should be paid for whenever used but that has not been the case,” Kidero said.

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