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Transport minister now suspends car-free day

James Macharia
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Transport ministry has suspended plans to pilot a car-free day set to begin on February 1, averting a legal showdown with the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia in a statement on Wednesday said the suspension gives the government time to vet traders who will occupy spaces vacated by vehicles.

The traders are expected to display their wares along City Hall Way, Taifa Road, Harambee Avenue and Agha Khan Walk.

“As you are aware, preparation for the car-free day’s activities are in progress and the trial run was set for February 1.

“However, capture of biometric data of the traders using BVR kits has not been completed as anticipated. This is an essential security measure. Consequently, the trial run has been deferred until further notice,” Mr Macharia said.

The LSK has, however, faulted the legality and practicability of the order, threatening to sue the ministry. “We request for information on when the directive was gazetted, under what law and when public participation was conducted before the decision was arrived at pursuant to Article 35 of the Constitution,” said LSK president Allen Gichuhi.

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