Matatus To Be Barred From Entering CBD
Kevin Namunwa  |  Sep 9, 2020


As from November, Matatus will not be allowed into Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has confirmed.

NMS’ Director General Mohammed Badi is moving to decongest the city and this decision is part of that.

Badi announced the looming kick out when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.

The plans, he said, are being finalised and will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November.

Badi further told the committee that they have already set a terminal in Ngara and another in Parklands where all commuters coming into the CBD via Thika Road will alight.

Matatus coming through Machakos and Lang’ata roads will terminate their journeys at a terminal to be built at Railway Golf land off Uhuru Highway. Initially, NMS had targeted the land where Neno Evangelism church is built but a court process forced it to look for an alternative.

Muthurwa Terminal will be used by matatus currently accessing town through the Haile Selassie Way. Badi said there will also be an express way starting near Kenya Planters Cooperative Union building and terminate at Jogoo Road.

“We are still in the process of acquiring other lands that we will use as matatus stages to free up the city,” Badi said of the remaining road arteries into the CBD.

Estimates by Kenya National Highways Authority indicate that Nairobi is losing Sh50 million daily to traffic jams.

A report by traffic index indicate that Nairobi residents on average spend at least 62.44 minutes in traffic jams every day.