Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has passed a new law that prohibits urinating in undesignated places and spitting on the streets.
The law also prohibits blowing of nose without handkerchief or tissue paper in public, sleeping in kitchens or food stores, among other misdemeanours.
Authorities in the East Africa country’s capital city explained that the new rules and regulations are aimed at keeping Nairobi clean and hygienic.
Defaulters risk being fined between 10,000 and 500,000 Kenyan Shilling or an imprisonment term of between six to 12 months.
The laws are contained in the Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Bill, 2021, that has now been signed into law.
Ann Kananu, acting Nairobi governor, said residents of the capital city should familiarise themselves with the new laws to avoid being caught offside.
The new law prohibits discharge of dirty water or sewer into streets or water channels, discharge of oils into roads or water channels, obstruction of roads or streets, and also prohibits residents from allowing trees and hedges in their homes or places of work to obstruct streets or footpaths.
The new law also criminalises riding motorcycles or driving on footpaths, playing loud music, and smoking in undesignated places.
Persons found flouting the new law will be liable to a fine of anything between 10,000 and 500,000 Shillings and imprisonment of six to 12 months, depending on the offence committed.
“Nairobi is the face of Kenya. We all need a clean and hygienic environment to live and work in,” Kananu said.
County executive member for Environment, Energy, Water and Sanitation, Larry Wambua, thanked Riruta MCA Kariuki Kiriba for coming up with the bill at the assembly and ensuring that all stages were well articulated and now signed into law.
Wambua added that he will work tirelessly in ensuring compliance.