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14 seater Matatus leave Nairobi CBD after NTSA ban


The government through the National Transport Safety and Authority (NTSA) has kept its  threat  in barring the 14 seater Matatus from the central business district  Nairobi.

Close to 100 matatus have left the CBD in the last one month after NTSA  decline to renew their licenses.

A spot check done by Ghetto Radio News shows that Ngara has become a reference point and an alternative stage for Neno Sacco, Nyakati Saccco and  GNT Sacco all plying  central Kenya routes.

‘‘We have moved from town  because our  licenses to operate within the CBD have expired  so we are left  with no choice but to get a another place here in Ngara and continue with our business,’’ Neno Sacco official told Ghetto Radio.

In earlier statements NTSA made it clear that they will do away with Matatus in the CBD a move geared towards easing the overwhelming traffic jam.

Meanwhile Association of Matatu Operators chairman Jimal Ibrahim has opposed the move saying many youths  will lose jobs.

According to Jimal phasing 14 seater matatus will also inconvenience passengers  who like them because of little time they use to their destinations.

‘’Over 2000 youths will lose jobs and we have made it clear to the NTSA that they want to kill our business and we shall not allow it.’’ Ibrahim said.

A section of matatu saccos rushed to court and  were granted orders to stay  until the case is heard and determined.