7 December 2011

Kenya: Council to Relocate Kisii Bus Park

KISII municipal council is planning to relocate public service vehicles (PSVs), boda boda operators and hawkers to restore order to the town.

The decision by the council comes at a time when the town is jammed with motorcycles and hawkers conducting business along pavements. Town Clerk William Chepkwony disclosed that motorcyclists will be registered with the council for easy identification of traffic offenders. "We have our court where all who flout council by-laws will be charged. This is why we are going to register motorcyclists with the council," Chepkwony said.

Chepkwony asked political leaders, residents, council employees and PSV operators to support the initiative saying it is the only way to embrace the county government. He said plans were underway for the council to strengthen its revenue base and streamline current massive traffic and human congestion to enhance effective service delivery to residents.

Chepkwony further said that rate and single business defaulters will be prosecuted to recover millions of shillings. He said the council's monthly revenue had decreased from Sh7.6 million to Sh4 million, adding that a defaulter owed the council arrears amounting to Sh2 million. Chepkwony said the local authority lacked enough funds to service tractors used to collect garbage.

He cautioned motorists against operating at non-designated areas. "We are not going to tolerate cases where matatu operators pick and drop passengers at non-designated areas. Those found doing so will be compelled to pay huge fines," he said. Chepkwony cautioned residents against disposing garbage outside the litter pins positioned at various strategic points within the town and added that stern measures will taken against offenders. He said the council has already enacted by-laws and charged some offenders at the council's court.

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