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Kenyans react after the CBD matatu ban takes effect

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Not many people will forget this day, especially commuters.

The ban on matatus entering the CBD took effect Monday December 3, and photos of Kenyans walking long distances to work have gone viral on social media.

Last week Thursday, Sonko directed PSV’s accessing the CBD to drop off passengers outside the city centre.

Many people thought that his decision would be ignored, but they found themselves having to walk long distances to access matatus.

Speaking to the Star, commuters had mixed reactions on the ban.

“I actually thought the ban would be ignored but I was shocked when I realised I had to walk from City Stadium to CBD,” said Caroline Njoki .

“I have walked from Gikomba market to Railways and am heading towards Kitengela. I support the ban but the county government would have made sure that the terminus can accommodate the matatus,” another commuter Andrew Wamalwa said.

“Those from Jogoo road, prepare to walk from City Stadium to town. Armed men in uniform are here to prevent entry of PSV,” said Twitter user @JayjayMatu.

“As usual the incompetent regime just wakes up and makes abrupt changes without plan, no compensating controls to mitigate spill off. This month inflation has been driven by transport costs but no one care to address the mess,” @WASUPUh tweeted.

“Blocking matatus from entering CBD is not a solution, Mike Sonko come up with a good strategy,” @migueldanielah said.

However, Twitter fellow @Ambani_Ambani lauded the move by the county government saying matatu stages now need upgrades while pedestrian pathways need to be repaired.

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