Spitting in public in Nairobi is set to attract a six-month jail sentence or a fine of Sh10,000 or both if the Nairobi County Assembly approves a new bill.
The Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Bill, 2020, is sponsored by Riruta MCA James Kiriba and seeks to control public nuisance.
The bill defines public nuisance as any act or omission which causes any common injury, damage, or annoyance to people using public spaces.
The bill further proposes a similar sentence to anyone found blowing their nose anywhere else other than a cloth or tissue, knowingly living on the earnings of prostitution, and riding a motorcycle or driving a vehicle on a footpath.
Defecating or urinating on open space, and lighting fire on a public road or street without the consent of the county secretary are also punishable offenses under the proposed law.
Other offenses under the bill include leaving a dog to foul on the street, washing, preparing, or dismantling a vehicle within Nairobi CBD (except for emergency cases), smoking in public places, touting for passengers, and playing a game in a manner to causes damage to property.
Others are hawking, selling, distributing, or advertising an article or event on a public road or street, shouting or using a bell, gong, loudspeaker, or other noisy instruments, and driving a vehicle for the purpose of exhibiting advertisements without statutory authority.
The aforementioned offenses will attract a jail term of six months or a fine of Sh10,000 or both.
“In case of a subsequent offense, the fine will not exceed Sh100,000 or jail term of a year or both,” the bill reads.