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City Hall pulls down billboards in Westlands over Sh156m debt

City Hall on Thursday continued its crackdown on outdoor advertisers in a campaign to collect Sh156 million in unpaid rates.

County officials say they are owed Sh61.24 million for billboards and Sh95.21 million from lamp pole advertisements.

The crackdown on Thursday moved to Westlands where city askaris pulled down billboards erected by Adopt-A-Light, an outdoor advertising company owned by Nairobi politician Esther Passaris.

City Hall said the company has an outstanding debt of Sh 37.4 million dating from December 31, 2014.

Adopt-A-Light has advertisement on 386 lamp poles in the city.

Magnet Ventures Limited was also named among the highest defaulters, owing the county Sh35.2 million for both billboards and lamp pole advertisement.

Tangerine investment owes Sh12.76 million on lamp poles adverts and Sh993,903 for the billboards.

The Brand Firm Ltd has a debt of Sh97,056 that has accumulated for the period of December 2014 to April 2016.

County officials say they will now insist on upfront payments for all outdoor advertisements before they are erected.