Written by Eric Lumbasi
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Taxi operators in Kimilili town have opposed the proposed hiking of parking fee from Sh2500 to Sh 4000 per year terming it as inconsiderate compared to the current economic hardship being experienced in the country.
Led by their chairman Herbert Wafula, the more than thirty five taxi operators in the busy town blamed the municipal council of Kimilili for hiking the fee without proper consultations.
He said it is unfair for them to pay the proposed fee yet their returns are so dismal due to an increase in fuel prices.
''We may park our cars for three days without clients showing up as people prefer public service vehicles as they charge cheaply compared to us, the municipal council should be considerate,'' lamented Wafula.
They further urged the council management to allocate them a permanent parking place for their vehicles since they are currently operating on a residential plot that they are afraid that he may decide to whisk them away some time in future.
They called upon the municipal council clerk Henry Momanyi to consider reversing the proposed fee or risk paralyzing of business in town due as they are ready for a demonstration.
They further recommended having the fee be reduced to Sh 20 per day, an amount they say will be affordable.
''We cannot pay the same fee as lorry operators who thrive in booming business ranging from transporting building materials to farm inputs compared to us who only depend on human transportation only,'' said Wafula.
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