Blowing nose without handkerchief banned in Nairobi

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The Nairobi County government has introduced new laws prohibiting blowing of the nose without a handkerchief or tissue paper in public.

The new rules are contained Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Bill, 2021. They are aimed to keep the city clean and hygienic.

The new law bans urinating in undesignated spaces, spitting on the streets, and sleeping in kitchens or food stores.

It also outlaws discharge of dirty water, sewer, or effluent into streets or water channels, the release of oils into roads or water channels, and obstruction of roads or streets.

Acting Governor Anne Kananu urged Nairobi residents to familiarize themselves with the new law to avoid being caught off guard.

“Nairobi is the face of Kenya. We all need a clean and hygienic environment to live and work in. This is part of what we promised our great people of Nairobi. We must work round the clock to achieve this. A healthy environment is paramount to all of us,” said Kananu.

It also bans residents from allowing trees and hedges in their homes or places of work to obstruct streets or footpaths.

The new regulation further prohibits riding motorcycles or driving on footpaths, playing loud music, and smoking in undesignated places.

Anyone who breaks any of these rules will be to a fine between $100 and $5000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months.

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