Court orders removal of speed bumps at thika superhighway

Justice George Odunga has directed Nairobi City County to remove all bumps and rumble strips along Thika superhighway.

 

In his ruling, Odunga has also directed the City government to form a management board and appoint Nairobi city manager within 60 days who will be tasked with overseeing the removal of the same.

In his ruling, Odunga directed the task will be done at the cost of the Nairobi county government and the ministry of transport.

Nairobi Senator, Mike Sonko sued the city government in 2015 seeking to have the bumps removed so has to ease traffic jam. The court has directed the government and ministry of Transport to ensure that pedestrians on the road are safe.

There have been rising cases of accidents on the road caused by speeding vehicles. Last year, the government, through the local dailies, advertised for designs of four bridges at Kenya School of Law, Mang’u, Garden City Mall and Witeithie to salvage the then ballooning accidents.

These are the four sections where motorists have to endure huge traffic jams due to the speed bumps

In his lawsuit, Sonko said the bumps and rumble strips have were placed at specific points and have been cited by the Survey of Kenya as the major cause of traffic congestion.

Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Sonko pleaded with the court to grant the order to remove the bumps from the busy road since the Cabinet secretary, the Kenya National Highways Authority, Nairobi County, Kenya Roads Boards and the Attorney General had failed to respond to his application.

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