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Kick Matatus Out of CBD, Nairobi Businessmen Tell Government

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Nairobi businessmen are now demanding quick solution on the matatu menace in the CBD saying that they are counting losses.

Led by Nyandarua House owner Francis Maina  the businessmen claim that the menace is threatening a number of businesses in the CBD and that their tenants are vacating in protest of the same.

“Nyandarua House is our property ..we have been  having problems with our tenants and some of them have been insisting we remove these illegal stages  before paying …we cannot move this way we need complete overhaul of city inspectorate colluding with saccos and allocating them illegal stages,” said Maina.

According to Maina the collusion is between the county askaris and Sacco officials.

Latema Sacco matatus are apparently the ones picking and dropping passengers right at the front of Nyandaua House.

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“They have done enough and no action has been taken against this Latema Sacco . At some point they were sending some operatives in this cartel ring to us.. for them to  pay us like Ksh. 3,000 daily to allow those stages. How can we do that and we are also in business we pay rates and also have interests of our tenants,” Maina said.

They have  now threatened to boycott paying taxes until the matter is addressed.

“We spoke with Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner Mburu and he needs this Matatu menace resolved. What we are now waiting for I Legal Affairs Committee report at Nairobi County Assembly thereafter we shall decide.”

Late last year NMS boss Mohammed Badi  vowed  to eject the matatus  out of CBD but this  was hit by a backlash from the operators who sabotaged the plans.

Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai warned Badi over the ouster plans saying it can not work when the Matatu operators are not consulted.

“If he does not consult us. You do not wake-up and after having breakfast in the morning you come and thump your chest that you are going to throw the public transport out of the city. That is not acceptable,” said Kimutai.