5 March 2014

Kenya: IG Orders Removal of Cars Blocking Major Roads in Nairobi

Police disperse matatu and taxi operators who have vowed to continue with the strike until their grievances are addressed. ( Resource: Kenya Police Disperse Striking Matatu, Taxi Operators )

Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo has ordered all police in Nairobi to tow vehicles blocking the road or causing obstruction and take them to police stations and the traffic headquarters.

Major roads were blocked after matatu operators went on strike today over the increased parking fee which came into effect last month.

"The motorist grievances can be heard without blocking or obstructing the road to other road users, this heinous act will not be tolerated," said the Inspector General.

He also said that the car number plates to be removed and handed over to the relevant authorities in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and that the owners of the vehicles be arrested and charged in court.

The government's disaster operations managements said has said several streets in the CBD have been obstructed by public service vehicles, and these are being removed to restore normal traffic flow.

Protests and traffic disruptions have also been reported in the Nairobi CBD, Ngara, Pangani, and parts of Thika Road.

Police are working to restore calm in those areas.

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