New Nairobi Chief to Kick Matatus Out of CBD
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohammed Badi says the plans to bar matatus from the CBD aims to de-congest the city and will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November. Matatus are privately owned minibuses and they are the most common form of public transport in Kenya. Badi has added that bus stations have been built in Ngara and Parklands where all matatus coming from Thika will offload passengers. Matatus coming from Machakos and Lang'ata will have a stage at the Railway Golf Club where the Kenya National Highways Authority will build an express way. He has also revealed that the much-awaited bus rapid transit system will also be operational by the end of this month and will be used to transport passengers from the train stations to their various destinations.
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Matatus on Mama Ngina Street within Nairobi's Central Business District (file photo).