, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has formed an eight-member committee that will come up with measures to de-congest the city.
The committee will collect views in 60 days after which it will present an interim report to the Governor for approval.
Addressing journalists on Monday, the Public Transport Infrastructure and Public works County Executive Nairobi Evans Ondieki noted that more investors will come to the city if transport was enhanced.
“The Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee will be able to engage the members of the county in all the 17-sub counties,” he pointed out.
He noted that the city transport system had to be improved, to attract more investors.
Members of the public were also asked to present their views to the committee that may help improve the current situation.
“As a city we cannot continue operating like this, we want people to move freely and also operate in a manner that encourage investors,” he said.
He said that upon receiving the report, they will also establish a pedestrian framework on Nairobi roads saying, “Pedestrians are a despised group, nobody has respect for pedestrians an in reverse, they do not have respect for motor vehicles.”
“We have political good will from the County Government so we believe it is possible,” Matatu Welfare’s Association chairman Dickson Mbugua who is a member said.
Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai who is also a member of the committee noted that once a strategic plan was set up, transport was going to become affordable for city residents.
“We charge you more when we stay in traffic jam or when it rains because it is expensive to sit in a car where it would have done 30 minutes, you are doing in two hours. In all times consumers of products or services meet the cost,” he said.
“We need maximum cooperation in giving us good recommendations. I believe none of us have monopoly of ideas.”