Gideon Moi’s advice to Sonko that saw him suspend matatu CBD ban

Baringo County Senator Gideon Moi in a previous event. /JOSEPH KANGOGO

On Tuesday morning, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko suspended the ban against Public Service Vehicles from accessing the Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

The Nairobi Governor  has said of City Hall ban on matatus from accessing the city centre, which took effect on Monday. Sonko on the dawn of Tuesday said he had suspended the ban “with immediate effect” to allow for talks.

But who first had the idea of engaging in talks? Baringo senator Gideon Moi on Monday called on Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to embrace dialogue with transport stakeholders over the CBD ban.

In a statement to newsrooms yesterday, Gideon asked Sonko to sit down with all transport stakeholders including experts to find an amicable solution to the crisis in the shortest time possible.

He said this will ensure that planners put in place alternatives which are efficient and affordable to the over two million working population in the City who are key to the country’s economic growth.

“This is a competitive modern city and introducing new measures without proper plans in place for shuttles to pick and drop passengers to the CBD is counterproductive,” he said.

The senator said it is in the interest of people living and working in the City to have a smooth flow of traffic without facing unnecessary interference.

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“Commuters have suffered and forced to trek for long distances to their places of work,” he said.

With Sonko suspending the ban arguing that he was going to engage talks and consultations, do you think he was doing it out of Gideon Moi’s call?

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