Just days after Nairobi Metropolitan Services issued a directive to all matatus to vacate Nairobi CBD by end of next month the operators have laughed off the directive describing it as the joke of the year.
Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai describes Green Park stage, and termini in Ngara as a drop in the ocean which cannot be relied on.
“I think NMS is sick the 150 capacity Green Park bus station is just for one Sacco only because we have some Saccos with almost 200 Matatus so can you check how many saccos we have before you call for removal of all matatus… We have told Badi and his team several times that easing traffic at the CBD does not need coercion but brain and inclusive plan….he will fail again,” Kimutai told Ghetto Radio News on phone.
He has called on NMS to go slow on issue of Matatu operations in the CBD until that day that county will have an ample holding space for matatus.
“We have said not once that we are not against matutu leaving CBD the problem is where we are going after leaving…it shouldn’t be forceful because we have families and we are in business too…” Kimutai said.
According to NMS Public Works Director Michael Ochieng’ the Green Park terminus, Desai and Park Road termini will be the first to open as part of efforts to decongest the city Centre.
The plan will first affect all matatus plying Ngong, Lang’ata and Argwings Kodhek roads and long-distance vehicles from Mt Kenya region.
“The change we are making in this city in terms of traffic to decongest it has been done in other parts of the world and it must be done in Kenya too. We must take the lead in East Africa to show that we are able to manage our public transport,” Mr Ochieng said.
By Allan Otieno
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