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Gumo Warns Rates Defaulters

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

Local Government Minister Fred Gumo has warned rates defaulters in Nairobi saying the two weeks extension that ends on the 22nd August will not be extended.

Gumo said that all rates defaulters who will not have remitted their payments to the Nairobi City Council (NCC) by the end of the deadline will have their water or electricity services disrupted or property confiscated and sold.

The Minister said that all buildings without the approval plan of the City Council have been given 30 days to submit their building plans to the NCC.

Gumo added that the City Council will open up offices in different locations to facilitate fast and convenient submission of payments and registration of properties by property owners.

The minister further warned politicians from interfering with running of the council. "This office has received several cases of incitement and threats against the City Council officials and we are not going to tolerate that". Gumo said

NCC extended the deadlines for the payments of the land rates by two weeks after the set July 18th deadline expired. The Council said that the extension was motivated by good response from the public.

Gumo issued the warning two days after Embakasi Member of Parliament who is also an assistant minister Ferdinand Waititu announced that he will oppose the sale of properties of those who will have not paid their land rates by the end of the deadline.

Waititu said that the council must first account for the Ksh 5 billion loans it borrowed from Equity Bank before auctioning public property. Waititu further added that he had instructed his lawyers to file a case in court blocking the council from making true their threats.

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