Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has apologised to commuters for pain caused by city centre matatu ban and asked for support assuring them that the situation is set to improve.
Mr Sonko says the decision to bar matatus from the Central Business District is not meant to punish residents but to bring order in the city.
“It’s a good thing,” he said of the ban that has seen major roads into the city clogged, adding, “but as you know, all good things are painful. The aim is not to punish the same people who voted for us.”
The governor said his administration has invested heavily in construction of bus termini in Ngara and Muthurwa which are ready for use.
“It’s a matter of time and things will improve,” he said, pleading for support to ensure success of the ban.
A 2012 IBM research revealed that Kenya losses around Sh50 million a day due to time wasted on the road.
Another study that was conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency showed that more than 80 percent of public transport along trunk roads consists of 14-seater matatus, an ineffective use of the limited urban infrastructure and causes traffic congestion and traffic accidents.