Kenya: Nairobians Beg Kenyan Who Transformed London Transport System to Save Them

Commuters walk past matatus on the road within the city centre on December 4, 2018.
4 December 2018

Nairobians are begging a Kenyan professor who helped transform London transport system to come back home and rescue their city from traffic jam.

This is after a failed attempt to ban matatus from the CBD saw increased traffic on Monday evening leading to a suspension of the plan.

Professor Washington Ochieng, the head of the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London, was part of the team that developed the first European navigation system.


During an interview with Daring Abroad, a TV series produced by journalist Alex Chamwada, the professor explained how the London transport system works and how Nairobi needs a long term master plan.

"We have made some potential collaborations with one or two entities but this has been basically based around universities we have actually been talking to the Technical University of Kenya in terms of trying to help develop the expertise," he said in the interview.

Kenyans online have been urging the Professor to help rescue Nairobi from the traffic menace.

Nyanje wa Nyanje tweeted; "You have a Kenyan professor sitting as chair at the largest centre for transport studies. He was even the lead in designing the London congestion system but you wouldn't use him, maybe because you don't know him but mostly because he will not benefit your political agenda. Shame!"


Anjeyo added; "2nd name problems. Him being a professor is cool and even better as a professor of Transport Studies. But his second name can't allow him to work with us without us saying he is representing the interests of that guy at AU."

Dr Joe Ruturi wrote; "Kenyans out there. Respected and appreciated doing their thing don't get us started on Kenyan medical specialists who try to come back home. While we import quacks from Cuba and that subcontinent that get licensed. @UKenyatta @NziokaWaita btw a senior @tesla engineer is Kenyan."

Jeff Wenwa added; "Look at our economy, yet we have one of the best economist being called names."

Victor Kabata stated; "Prophets are rarely celebrated at home. SAD!"

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