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Sakaja in court seeking to suspend matatus CBD ban




Nairobi Senator Jonhson Sakaja has moved to court seeking orders to suspend the ban on matatus from accessing the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Sakaja argues that the Nairobi County Government has enforced the ban without conducting public participation.

He also accuses Governor Mike Sonko of enforcing the ban without providing convenient alternatives, thereby leaving commuters stranded.

Sakaja has termed the decision as premature and unfair to ordinary citizens.

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Police officers and traffic marshals were deployed at dawn across the city to enforce the directive.

Thousands of commuters were forced to walk long distances Monday morning as the matatu operators headed the directive to drop off passengers at the new designated areas.

Matatus that have been accessing the city centre through Thika Road, Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road, Limuru Road, Ruiru and Kiambu Road are required to pick and drop passengers at Fig Tree in Ngara.

PSVs from Jogoo Road will stop at Muthurwa while those from Ngong Road will park at Railways Terminus.

Matatus from Mombasa Road and Lang’ata Road will pick and drop off passengers at Hakati Terminus.

Upcountry vehicles accessing Nairobi via Waiyaki Way will drop off passengers at Park Road Terminus together with those that go past Kenol on Nyeri/Meru-Nairobi Road.

City Hall through a notice said 11 termini had been designated for all matatus in Nairobi to pick and drop off passengers.


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