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Matatu owners oppose bid to relocate them

Heavy traffic jam on University Way, Nairobi. - FILE PHOTO | NMG
Heavy traffic jam on University Way, Nairobi. - FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Matatu owners have opposed the planned prohibition of matatus from Nairobi’s Central Business District(CBD), saying they were never consulted during formulation of the traffic movement changes.

Matatu owners have opposed the planned prohibition of matatus from Nairobi’s Central Business District(CBD), saying they were never consulted during formulation of the traffic movement changes.

Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) chairman Dickson Mbugua said Governor Miko Sonko and his team should wait for the outcome of the larger five county governments’ committee, which is currently conducting a feasibility study on vehicle movement.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta formed the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority to seek a lasting solution for the traffic problem in Nairobi. Murang’a, Kiambu, Nairobi, Kajiado and Machakos county leaders were on this issue, why is Nairobi usurping their role?” he posed.

Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai also opposed the planned ejection of matatus from the CBD, saying it would disrupt businesses as well as derail Kenya’s development agenda of having all Kenyans go to work and children attend school.

Mr Kimutai said no one had consulted them on their prescribed solution to end Nairobi’s perennial traffic jams.

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