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Sakaja Files Petition Against Sonko's Matatu Ban

Senator Sakaja to battle Sonko in court over matatu CBD ban

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja
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The Senator cited lack of public participation and lack of alternatives for commuters as his reasons for seeking the court's intervention.

Court Wars

On Monday the Senator criticized Governor Mike Sonko's ban on matatus terming it as premature.

"The move by Mike Sonko to ban matatus from the CBD is premature, and unfair to ordinary citizens. You don’t ban matatus before providing alternatives for commuters. Must be rescinded immediately and proper planning done," Sakaja tweeted.

On Monday, City Hall banned matatus from picking up and dropping off passengers in the CBD a directive which came into effect as early as 4.50am, with police and county traffic marshals blocking matatus from entering the city centre.

The armed security officers, some in full combat gear, were deployed to designated termini (outside CBD) that the Sonko administration directed matatus to operate from starting today.

Roadblocks were mounted at several termini, including Muthurwa, Muranga Road Fig Tree A, Desai Road, Ngara Road, Hakati, Railways and Central Bus Station.

No Access to CBD

At the City Stadium roundabout, police parked their Toyota Land cruisers to block a section of the CBD-bound traffic and all PSVs plying Jogoo Road had to drop off passengers at the Muthurwa terminus.

In the notice published in a local daily on Thursday, all PSVs accessing the CBD from Jogoo and Lusaka Roads will be picking up and dropping off passengers at the Muthurwa Terminus.

Of major concern was the capacity of the new termini outside CBD to handle the over 20,000 matatus that operate in the capital.

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