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High Court quashes Sonko's matatu ban over Paul Kobia's case

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By RICHARD MUNGUTI
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The High Court has rejected Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s ban on matatus accessing the town centre, pending the determination of the case by business Paul Kobia.

Governor Sonko effected the decision on Monday, as part of plans to decongest the central business district, bus suspended it on Tuesday after the public and business people in the matatu industry complained. Some politicians also opposed the move, noting it requires proper planning.

The businessman filed a suit seeking orders to bar Mr Sonko from implementing the May 12, 2017 gazette notice that stopped passenger service vehicles from picking and dropping commuters in the CBD.

Mr Kobia noted that the public was not consulted before the change was implemented and that no measures were put in place to cater for people including the physically challenged.

The petitioner also pointed out that in countries such as South Africa and Egypt, rapid public transfer systems were put in place before bans were effected to prevent inconveniences.

Mr Kobia further said that in 2011, Governor Sonko obtained orders restraining the government from implementing the ban on matatus.

He wants steps taken to ensure people such as pregnant women, the sick, the elderly, the physically challenged and children are catered for before the ban takes effect.

He also wants the costs of the case as businesses have suffered losses.

Groups of the disabled were among those who accompanied him to court on Tuesday.

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