Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has downplayed complaints from thousands of commuters who were forced to walk following his government’s ban on public service vehicles from Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

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In a rather hilarious explanation Monday morning when the implementation of the ban began, the Governor said that Nairobians need the exercise they have been subjected to.

Appearing before the Senate County Public Investment Committee, he urged Nairobians to leverage on the ban, considering that most have been avoiding the gym yet they need the exercise.

‘’From Muthurwa to the CBD is a one minute walk. Many people don’t go to the gym. We want our people to exercise,” he was quoted by the Citizen Digital.

He maintained that the ban will stand despite the lamentations from both the public and transport players alongside the ban of bodabodas and hawkers from the city centre.

Sonko added that he foresaw county Senator Johnson Sakaja’s move to seek court orders for the halt of the ban, saying that he expected the Senator to use the ban as he seeks to succeed him (Sonko) in 2022.

‘’I was expecting my brother Sakaja to campaign kidogo because every senator wants to be a governor,” he was further quoted.

Sonko’s government has designated 11 termini outside the CBD to be used by all matatus to pick and drop passengers, a move Sakaja has termed premature and unfair to Kenyans.