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What Moi said about Nairobi Matatu ban

Curtis Otieno
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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi at a past instance. [Source/Citipen]

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has weighed in on the ban on passenger service vehicles popularly known as matatus in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

The county under the leadership of Governor Mike Sonko began the implementation of the ban on Monday, moments after a similar measure on bodabodas and hawkers.

But the lawmaker is now calling for deliberations between the involved parties to save Kenyans from the confusion and trouble that was witnessed on Monday as people trekked to the CBD.

“Today we have witnessed commuters suffering after they were forced to trek for long distances to their places of work, small-scale traders incurring more costs ferrying their wares to the market, disruption of businesses and the old being stranded at drop off points with no alternative transport or anyone to assist them,” he told the Monday Standard.

The county leadership had since designated a number of termini from where matatus were supposed to pick and drop passengers to and from the city centre.

It also deployed city Askari's to ensure the realization of the directive.

In what is promising to result in a major showdown between the county, matatu operators and commuters, Sonko had maintained that the ban is here to stay, urging Nairobians to not expect its suspension.

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