Digital maps: Nairobians have started receiving invoices for land rates in 2006. The Nairobi City Council uses data from Geomaps to come up with valuations and land rates whose calculations are not easily understood. E.g. one bill assesses a house about 0.6% in 2006 land rates, and with additional penalties of 3% per month. And it is not clear if these rates are legal.
Tow thugs: Not content with smashing outdoor restaurants, teams from the city council have now taken harassment in the name of revenue collection to a new level. 5 PM is the cut off time in the city, after which parking is free of charge. But now if a car is illegally parked in the evening (usually the owner is in a bar somewhere) it is likely to be towed away by a council land rover. This is often preceded by a standoff between angry bar patrons on one side and the rungu-armed team who travel in each land rover. The owner later has to part with a few thousand shillings to release the car.
It is already difficult to find decent parking near many popular bars as all the good spaces are taken up by taxis. Imagine how bad things would be if they extended this new rule to more Westlands, Hurlingam or other bar-filled areas of the city.