Passengers in Anguish as Matatu CBD Ban Takes Effect

  • A matatu terminus in Nairobi Facebook
  • Nairobi commuters have woken up to another transport mess caused by the move to ban all public transport vehicles from the Central Business District.

    Most commuters were forced to walk long distances to board a vehicle to their destinations.

    The police were on the streets from as early as 4:00 am in order to ensure that the rules were adhered to.

    People using the Globe Flyover to access the CBD

    One commuter spoke to and narrated the agony of having to walk from City Stadium to Fig Tree in Ngara in order to board a matatu to Westlands.

    Many people have faulted the Nairobi County Government's decision to implement the ban without providing alternative methods of accessing the CBD.

    The move had been gazzetted in 2017 but the constant disagreement between the operators and county government led to numerous postponements.

    Matatu operators have at the same time cried foul, adding that the eleven termini designated by the county cannot accommodate all vehicles.

    For those walking, one is encouraged to do so on the right side of the road in order to be alert to oncoming traffic and avoid being run over.

    In May, the county government had proposed that only two PSVs per sacco would be allowed to access the CBD. 

    According to Nairobi County Director of Operations, Peter Mbaya, each vehicle will only be granted five minutes in the allocated slots to drop and pick passengers.

    An ariel view of people walking to the CBD through Globe Flyover
    Commuters forced to walk into the CBD from Ngara
    People causing congestion on a footbridge
    Human traffic at Ngara footbridge