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Sakaja Kicks Out Nyanza, Western & Rift Valley Matatus Of Nairobi CBD



This comes after a meeting was held between the county government and the matatu saccos among other stakeholders…

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has thrown out of the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) matatus plying the Nyanza, Western Kenya and Rift Valley routes.

This comes after a meeting was held between the county government and the matatu saccos among other stakeholders on Friday, November 18 at Charter Hall.

Following the meeting, acting Nairobi County secretary Jairus Musumba published the new guidelines on Monday, November 28 that will see the affected matatus stop at Green Park Terminus.

Green Park Terminus in Nairobi. /FILE

“All PSV SACCOs and PSV companies offering services between Nyanza, Western, North Rift, South Rift, and Central Rift who are currently operating from Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) will be relocated to the Green Park Terminus in the first phase,” Musumba stated in part.

Musumba termed the move as part of plans to reorganize the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) sector for matatus plying upcountry routes from the city. The vehicles will start using the terminus from Thursday, December 1.

The Green Park terminus adjacent to the revamped Uhuru Park which cost Ksh250 million to build has had the official commencement of operations stalled several times. It was meant to be used by city matatus plying Lang’ata and Ngong Road routes.

The terminus was to be among six termini the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) planned to set up to decongest human traffic in the city.

The matter of matatus in the Nairobi CBD has traversed almost every county administration, ranging from Evans Kidero’s term to Sonko’s term as well as the tenure of the NMS.

Sonko’s ban on matatus from the CBD in 2018 triggered a transport crisis in the city with residents resorting to using their cars, leading to huge traffic jams. It was reconsidered after only a few days in operation.

During the meeting, Sakaja also kicked out unauthorised vehicles operating in the city in a crackdown that targeted vehicles such as Voxy, Noah and Sientas under Toyota and TukTuks.

“I don’t want to see those small vehicles operating as PSVs in the CBD they should be removed immediately. If we allow this to continue with this it will lead to anarchy,” Governor Sakaja stated at the time.

Nairobi Governor, Johnson Sakaja addresses the media on November 4, 2022. /TWITTER.KENYA JUDICIARY