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Governor Sakaja announces Nairobi Festival to be held every year

Nairobi City County Governor Johnson Sakaja when he addressed City Hall Workers on August 29, 2022. [Samson Wire. Standard.]

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has called for the amendment of laws that inhibit photography, videography and filming in the city.

Sakaja said there are many archaic laws that hamper creativity and innovation which need to be done away with.

“When we say we want to be pro-business it is not just passive to stop harassment of traders but we want to be proactive to facilitate and promote businesses,” he said.

Sakaja, who spoke when officials from the  Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) today paid him a courtesy call, also announced an annual event in the city dubbed Nairobi Festival.

The governor said the fete would be held every December, after Jamhuri Day, to display and celebrate the “vibe of the city”.

“In December, we will set aside some streets to display culture, food, creativity and have the Nganya awards for the best-done matatus, have rugby, football, and basketball tournaments and many other activities,” he said.

Sakaja welcomed the partnership with the chamber of commerce to improve the ease of doing business.

“Business people should spend more time doing business and not chasing compliance issues,” he said.

KNCCI Nairobi Chapter Chairman Julius Opiyo said there are a number of international firms that want to invest in Nairobi, including one for assembling electric motorcycles.