Beginning Monday next week, matatu operators will be prohibited from entering Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), following a directive from Governor Mike Sonko has banned
This means that commuters will now have to walk long distances to connect from one bus terminus to the other.
According to a new notice published by acting County Secretary Pauline Kahiga, matatus operating within the city will get designated parking areas away from the CBD.
“Its notified to the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators and the public that the Nairobi City County Government made changes to the omnibus termini and routes contained in the gazette as follows.
DROP OFF POINTS
“All routes accessing the CBD from Waiyaki Way/Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road and Limuru Road (will have their stage at) Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) Terminus A,” read the notice in part.
For all matatus plying Jogoo Road and Lusaka Road, Muthurwa bus terminus will be the end point.
Those accessing the CBD from Thika Road upto, and including, Kiambu ana Ruiru Road, will pick and drop passengers at Fig Tree Terminus B
while PSVs operating on Juja Road, Ring Road Ngara and Park Road will have their station at Ngara bus terminus.
However, matatus plying Ngong Road have not been affected and will continue using the Railways terminus, while those plying Mombasa Road and Langata Road will use the Hakati terminus.
In the recent past, Sonko was forced to cancel similar gazette notice after public uproar over the inconvenience the changes would cause.
However, in the new notice, the county Secretary insisted that this time the order will be executed without fail.
“The operators are required to take note that the above changes take effect from the 3rd day of December 2018,” the statement read.
These changes take effect just days after Sonko was named the most improved Governor by a survey done by Trend and Insights For Africa.