4 December 2018

Kenya: Sonko Makes U-Turn, Suspends Matatu Ban From CBD

Photo: Martin Mukangu/Daily Nation
Matatus pick up passengers along Murang'a Road in nairobi on December 3, 2018 when a ban prohibiting them from accessing the CBD took effect.

It's over, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said of City Hall ban on matatus from accessing the city centre, which took effect on Monday.

Mr Sonko on the dawn of Tuesday said he had suspended the ban "with immediate effect" to allow for talks with "all affected parties" to find a lasting solution to congestion in the city.

The about-turn, he said, was informed by the suffering of commuters, matatu operators, employers and businesspeople that was witnesses on Monday.

He announced suspension of Gazette Notice 4479 of May 12, 2017 at 5.42am on Facebook Live from City Hall, the headquarters of Nairobi City County.

"I have noted with concern the plight of Nairobi residents as a result of the ban and hereby announce that the full implementation of the ban has been suspended," he said.

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