Blow your nose and kiss goodbye to Sh2,000
Posted Thursday, October 1 2009 at 22:00
- Hawkers and touts will also be arrested for shouting to attract customers
It is now illegal to blow your nose in the city of Nairobi and you could go to jail for it. If they don’t get you for blowing your nose, they will get you for spitting on one of the city’s many rubbish heaps and rivers of sewage.
And if they don’t catch you on any of that, you will certainly find yourself behind bars for crossing the road while talking on the phone.
In a raft of new by-laws, the City Council has also criminalised making noise.
The by-laws are contained in a brochure issued on Thursday. Those found spitting will be jailed for three months or pay a fine of Sh2,000, or both.
The same sentence will be imposed on those arrested for blowing their noses without using a handkerchief or tissue.
According to the City Inspectorate Department, making noise of any kind in the City will result in arrest.
Council spokesman Wilfred Marube said the new by-laws will guide residents who according to him were not aware that such rules exist.
“We have to make the city more habitable,” he said, adding: “Most people through poor ethics have made this place (Nairobi) look bad.”
He did not say whether proper planning of the city, cleaning up the garbage and sewage, managing traffic and clearing slums would not have been more sustainable solutions.
Motorists will not be charged parking fees on weekends and public holidays, with the exception of Saturday, when the charges will be levied up to 2pm.
Speaking while releasing the by-laws on Thursday, Mr Marube said most residents ignored city regulations and this has forced city fathers to impose stiff penalties.
Four major by-laws were announced which include parking, solid waste management, Fire Brigade and general nuisance. The latter was said to be the most violated.
“General nuisance is really affecting the operations of the City Council,” he said.
Hawkers and touts, who make noise for a living, thought the new rules are a nuisance.
“We get our daily bread here,” said 29- year-old Samuel Maina, a tout at Globe Cinema roundabout. “We are not making noise. The council must know that we are self-employed.”
Ms Anna Naliaka, a hawker in Ngara, said that the new laws would not help them in any way.