It’s over, well at least for now as Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended the ban on matatus from entering the CBD with immediate effect.
Governor Sonko said he was informed on the suffering of commuters and matatu operators as he said in a statement on Tuesday morning;
“I have noted with deep concern the plight of city residents as a result of the ban and hereby announce that the full implementation of this directive has been suspended with immediate effect.”
He said this will give room for more consultation with the affected parties in order to find a permanent solution.
Sonko said the ban was part of measures to decongest the city center and followed months of planning as well as public and stakeholder participation.
Sonko continued stating;
“Although the directive is well-intentioned,
many innocent commuters, including senior citizens and those with health challenges requiring emergency medical attention, expectant mothers and children traveling with their parents, all suffered untold inconvenience, and this is regrettable.”
On Monday, thousands of commuters walked for long distances to their workplaces after the county government effected the gazette notice banning matatus from the CBD.
Some walked for as long as five kilometres across CBD to their suited matatu terminus.
As the ban also led to huge traffic jams as PSVs scrambled for the limited space in the designated termini.