Nairobi Senator Sakaja Johnson has proved to be a man of the people and a leader who is in touch with the problems of the people. One issue that seems to have angered the Senator is the recent move by his colleague, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko which say matatus banned from accessing the Central Business District for a full day.
The move by Sonko did not only annoy a huge number of Nairobi residents but also inconvenienced a majority of them who rely on public service vehicles as their main means of transport.
Appearing on Jeff Koinange Live this evening, the Senator has now called out Governor Sonko for doing the exact opposite of what he did while serving as the Senator for Nairobi. The Matatu CBD ban is not a new concept in Nairobi as the former Governor of Nairobi, Evans Kidero in a failed attempt tried to ban the PSVs from accessing the city center.
According to Sakaja, the move by Sonko now proves that he either did not believe in what he was doing then as Senator or does not know what he is doing now.
Sakaja further questioned the ban saying that if idea to ban matatus from the CBD was as brilliant as the county government thought they would not have lifted it after a day. According to the Nairobi Senator, this is not the way to go about doing a pilot.
Nairobians alike agree that there is need to decongest the city we need therefore Senator Sakaja reiterated that what Nairobi need is a mass transit system that works saying that there is much more to the BRT than drawing red lines on Thika road.
“BRT is not ‘drawing red lines’ on Thika road. We cannot solve this issue if we continue to solve it the way we are doing,” said Sakaja.
Additionally, the Senator explained that there exists a blueprint for the infrastructure that was done in 2013 and includes BRT and a rail system that costs Ksh 300m by JICA and Ksh 100m by the Nairobi City council.
Before the matatu in the CBD ban was suspended, the Senator hired buses to ferry those with physical challenges from bus termini to the CBD. He however pointed out that the county needs to have structures in place and policies put in place so that the majority is not disadvantaged.
Do you see a future in Nairobi where we have a working and efficient railway system?