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Nairobi police boss reveals instructions given before Matatu CBD ban on Monday

Nairobi police commander Joseph Ole Tito divulged details including the number of officers he deployed

Police land rover at Afya Centre keeping away matatus from entering the CBD
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Speaking to The Standard, Tito revealed that over 300 officers were deployed with the primary purpose of barring PSVs from accessing the city centre.

In addition, the officers were under instruction to also man the foot bridges that would be used by commuters to ensure there was an order to how human traffic was flowing.

"They knew and had been alerted by the relevant authorities on the plans. We are there to reinforce the county officials in effecting the law," he told reporters.

He added that the county government had requested assistance for its inspectorate officers especially in areas that are notorious for muggings.

Commander Tito relayed that police will be making round the clock patrols within the city to enforce the new law and monitor the dangerous areas of the city.

"Those who flout the rules know the repercussions. Let them know that," he noted.

Day 1 of the Matatu CBD Ban

The matatu ban saw two separate law suits filed against Governor Mike Sonko, NTSA and the Nairobi county administration.

The first was filed by Senator Johnson Sakaja who alleged that there had not been any consultations with the public before the rules were set.

The second suit was filed by 21 matatu saccos who sought to have the order reversed.

The High Court, however, ruled against them giving orders to have the governor and other named parties served with suit papers.

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