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Unlicensed Nairobi business owners risk arrest

Businesses in Nairobi have up to Tuesday to pay for licences or owners face arrest.

Governor Evans Kidero said county officials would conduct random premise checks to ensure compliance.

The county chief, however, warned against harassment of businesspeople, saying that complaints should be emailed to him for action.

“The end of the month is slowly approaching and all businesses should comply with the deadline to be licensed by March 31,” he said last week.

“I encourage you to report any Nairobi County officer soliciting for a bribe or harassing you via [email protected] in order for us to take action against them.”

Mr Kidero urged Nairobians to remit payments via the county’s electronic system, eJijipay, or any Co-operative and Family Bank branches.

He said the online platform was part of measures to enhance revenue collection and create a friendlier business climate.

“The introduction of the e-payment platform last year is a continued demonstration of Nairobi County’s commitment to promoting ease of doing business in the city and a part of our commitment to eradicate bottlenecks to investment and innovation,” he said.

Nairobi has also embarked on debt collection clamping down 50 properties since late last year.