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Matatu operators laugh off Badi’s move to eject them from town


By Allan Otieno

Matatu operators have given a laugh at Nairobi Metropolitan Services’ failure to eject Public Service Vehicles from Nairobi Central Business District saying the move was rushed.

NMS boss Mohammed Badi in November last year stated that matatus were not going to be allowed to access the CBD only for the move to fail.

According to Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai Badi did not involve real  stakeholders in his plans but instead rushed the process.

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‘‘They involved cartels instead in the name of matatu stakeholders. I have said it and I will repeat, Badi should not chest-thump, but before executing anything they must be tactical and have good plans. We have many things to offer to them,’’ he said.

Kimutai however, gave a nod  to usage of BRT in the city saying if executed appropriately it will reduce congestion.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NaMATA) released a schedule for the long-awaited Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system beginning of this year.

The schedule contains the time and routes BRT buses will ferry commuters to and from the Central Business District (CBD) to Nairobi estates.