Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Suspends Matatu Ban in CBD

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended the ban on matatus accessing the Central Business District (CBD) for a month.

    Governor Sonko, however, gave some conditions that the matatu industry should comply within the stated period.

    First, he warned against blocking of business premises and playing loud music in public service vehicles (PSVs.

    The move came after a meeting between the Governor and the transport industry stakeholders.

    On Saturday, Sonko announced that the County would employ 1,000 marshals to enforce the ban on all matatus carrying less than 60 passengers from the Central Business District (CBD).

    He noted that the current matatu crew operators who manage the terminus within the city would be given priority in job selection.

    Sonko also pointed out that those employed will be uniformed and trained to facilitate the smooth flow of vehicles.

    When the order takes effect, all routes accessing the CBD from Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road and Limuru road will be parking at Murang'a Road (Fig Tree) terminus A.

    The new terminus for all routes accessing the CBD from Thika Road will be at Murang'a Road (Fig Tree) terminus B.

    Vehicles operating from Jogoo road and Lusaka road will park at Muthurwa Terminus whereas those from Ngong Road will park at Railway terminus.

    All other termini in the plan include Desai Service Road Terminus, Park Road Terminus, Hakati Terminus, Machakos terminus and the Central Bus Station.