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Matatus locked out of CBD

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – Public Service Vehicles (PSV) will not be allowed into the Nairobi City Centre starting Monday, in a move Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa said is aimed at easing congestion in the Central Business District (CBD).

Speaking when he inspected decongestion projects in the CBD, Mr Majiwa said vehicles plying different routes will have designated bus stops outside the city centre.

“Rerouting of PSVs plying the city centre and outside will begin next week,” he added.

City Engineer Stephen Mburu said the Central Bus Station will be reserved for organised public transport operators.

“All matatus coming from Thika Road will terminate at Kariokor. The matatus operating on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway will be relocated to Westlands.”

Machakos PSVs that are currently at the Railway terminus will be relocated to the Country Bus Station.

The Nairobi Mayor did not specify whether there will be any increase in the parking charges but said small parking areas along the streets within the CBD will also be removed.

Meanwhile, Mr Majiwa said that there is no conflict of interest between the Council and the Nairobi Metropolitan Development Ministry as far as their duties are concerned.

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He stated that the ministry played an advisory role, while the City Council focused on the implementation of policies.

“We are the ones in charge. They can give us advice that we do not think is right and in that case we will not follow the advice.


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