The residents of Nairobi should be prepared both mentally and physically for a long walk to work as well as to other functions after matatu operators announced plans to go on strike beginning Thursday.
The matatu operators has come out gubns blazing to a decision decision by Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero to revoke all parking permits for Public Service Vehicles (PSV) within the Central Business District (CBD).
The Governor had ordered all matatus to be moved out of the CBD with immediate effect in a stronger move to try and decongest the city. On Wednesday, City Hall askaris had on blocked out matatus that wanted to have access to the termini located on Ronald Ngala Street and near Gill House on Tom Mboya Street, something that cause a scuffle as well as confusion.
Following the crackdown matatus plying the routes of Githurai, Umoja, Komarock, Saika, Huruma and Kariobangi North were greatly affected with passengers being forced to walk to their respective destinations.
Early Wednesday, The Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) announced that the strike will start Thursday 5 am and vowed to see to it that no matatu will be allowed to carry passengers until the directive is recalled. The association has demanded for Kidero to immediately cancel the directive and allow matatus within the CBD.
Article by Juma Fred.