Car Wash Businesses in Nairobi: The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to kick out a majority of car wash businesses operating in Nairobi business areas and high end estates. This has been revealed by the NMS chief Major Mohammed Badi. While speaking on Spice FM recently, Badi was quoted as saying that the businesses had become too many to an extent of infiltrating high end estates such as Muthaiga, Lavington, and Runda.
In a report that appeared in a local media platform, Major Badi was quoted as saying that the NMS would work with the Nairobi County government to cut down the number of these businesses.
He however said that this would not be an easy task due to the expected resistance from business owners who currently have valid licences.
“Car washes are too many even in posh areas like Muthaiga, Lavington and Karen, which should not be the case. Most of these were licensed by MCAs. It is something political; a kind of payment to boys who probably voted for them,” he was quoted as saying. “These politicians control the county assembly; they develop the by-laws which allow such businesses to operate illegally.”
The move by NMS is expected to attract political heat, coming at a time when the country is engaged in a heated debate on the role of small and medium business owners dubbed hustlers and and big corporates dubbed dynasties.
According to the report in the local media, in November 2019, Raila Odinga Junior expressed his displeasure at the marooning car wash businesses that had set up at Lavington.
“At the risk of sounding unpopular I wish there was a by-law that made it illegal to wash your car at the roadside in Lavington,” he said in a statement that drew public fury. Car Wash Businesses in Nairobi.