Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was on Monday morning forced to walk a long distance as the ban on public service vehicles (PSVs) in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) took effect.
The directive by Governor Mike Sonko's administration required all PSVs using Thika Superhighway to stop at Ngara Market, a situation that led to a heavy traffic jam in the busy road.
Kabogo who was scheduled to attend an interview on Kameme FM at 7 am was caught in the snarl-up and had to abandon his vehicle and trek to the vernacular station's studios at DSM Place along Kijabe Street.
"The situation in the road is pathetic. I have been forced to trek from Murang'a Road to this place," Kabogo reported after arriving for the interview a few minutes to 8 am.
The former county boss criticised the ban saying even though the intention to decongest the city was welcomed, proper planning was needed before execution of the ban.
"I sympathise with the old and the sick going for treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital stranded at various bus stages. Sonko should have provided alternative means of transport within the CBD before implementing this directive," Kabogo remarked.
Similar sentiments have been echoed by Kenyans in various social media platforms.
"The biggest problem in Kenya is that people go to bed and wake up with new policies without any feasibility study. Though they may work for some time with Mwananchi paying the cost, they are not sustainable," John Ngurugwe posted on Twitter.
"This is so unfair. We set policies without a plan. This is the situation at the railway bridge going into town," said Benson Samia.