The honeymoon is over for Nairobi residents indebted to County Hall now that Governor-elect Evans Kidero has told them to pay up from next week.
â€œI have been at County Hall for close to a week and found that people demand service delivery yet County Hall cannot operate with less than 40 per cent of revenue collection. People must pay their debts to enjoy services,â€ he said on Tuesday.
He said he had learnt in meetings with departmental heads that the county was owed Sh100 billion, dating back to 2003.
Dr Kidero said the most affected were land rates, parking charges, water bills and market fees.
â€œTenants in areas like Garden Square stopped paying rent in 2003. This is just one of the many examples,â€ he said.
He, however, indicated that he would use persuasion to recover the money and invoking the law would be the last resort. â€œWe will persuade debtors to pay what they owe. I know Nairobi residents are civilised and will see the sense of fulfilling their civic duty without us compelling them to do so,â€ he said.
Dr Kidero said the state of affairs at County Hall was pathetic and he would hire professionals to change things.
â€œThis will help us to gradually resuscitate it to a functional system that will deliver 24-hour services to the people of Nairobi,â€ he said.
He was speaking during a familiarisation tour of Serangâ€™ombe ward in Kibera. He was accompanied by Director of City Inspectorate Hillary Wambugu and area county representative Pius Kâ€™Otieno.-Nation