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Nairobians beware!Tint ban is for all

Confusion still persists over the ban on tinted windows.

Inspector – General David Kimaiyo on Thursday insisted that the ban affects both public and private service vehicles.

The police boss said the ban applies to all vehicles driven on Kenyan roads regardless of who owns them or what they are used for.

“This is the law and it must be obeyed by everyone. It does not matter whose car it is. Even foreigners driving into the country must remove the tint from their vehicle windows if it is to be driven on Kenyan roads,” Mr Kimaiyo said.

This comes even as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Chairman Eric Mutua says they will contest the directive in a court of law.

“We are aware that the traffic act only bans tinted windows in public service vehicles, that is why we will defend private motorists who will be arrested,” said Mutua.

The directive was issued on Tuesday by the Inspector general as part of the government’s efforts to curb rising terrorism that has cost the country hundreds of lives in the past few years.

He also directed that all passengers boarding public service vehicles should be screened for arms.

His statement contradicts what his office said on Wednesday that the order only affects public service vehicles.

Some police officers are already taking advantage of the directive, harassing motorists on the roads and asking for bribes.