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Thousands walk as matatu CBD ban takes effect

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Thousands of Nairobians were forced to walk to and from their respective bus termini following the ban on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) from entering the city centre that took effect Monday morning.

Hundreds of police and county askaris have been deployed at major entry points.

They barred the matatus from entering the Central Business District vowing to sustain the operation.

This saw many commuters who were dropped far away from the city centre especially on Thika and Jogoo roads walking to the city centre.

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Matatu operators had asked for more time to provide enough space to hold all vehicles operating in the city.

The ban compels all matatus to operate from designated termini without entering the Central Business District to pick up and drop passengers.

City Hall officials say that the provided termini, which have 505 parking slots, will only act as pick-up and dropping points for passengers and not holding grounds for the matatus with each PSV given between 10 and 40 minutes at a time.

The ban is part of plans by the county government to address congestion in the CBD.

However, Nairobi Senator Jonhson Sakaja has moved to court seeking orders to suspend the ban on matatus from accessing the CBD.

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