In Summary
  • In March, the city county said it was losing at least Sh15 million every month from unapproved billboards.

  • Nairobi County has over 200,000 signage and over 1,000 large-format advertisements, which net City Hall a paltry Sh680 million annually against a potential of over Sh2 billion.

Nairobi County assembly members have called on the executive to come clean on the money collected from taxes imposed on advertisements and billboards, claiming “cartels” have taken over the department.

Led by minority chief whip Peter Imwatok, the ward representatives questioned the authenticity of revenues posted by the sector with taxes from billboards erected along Jogoo and Langata roads coming into sharp focus.

TAX EVASION

Mr Imwatok claimed some county officers have been colluding with advertisers to avoid paying taxes on billboards within the city, hence denying the county much-needed revenue.

“If you compare the number of billboards erected to the flow of money coming in as revenue, they do not add up,” said Mr Imwatok, who is also the Makongeni Ward MCA.

He called on the executive to expose the cartels said to be working with traders to jeopardise the county’s revenue collection.

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