#FRONTROW: Ah, the genius of banning all matatus from Nairobi's CBD!

Matatus in a queue along Moi Avenue Nairobi. There has been an out cry over the public services vehicle blocking some streets in the city that are turned into passenger picking points crating traffic jams. PHOTO| MARTIN MUKANGU

What you need to know:

  • Fast-forward to now: that youthful legislator is the governor of Nairobi, and the proposal to decongest the city is back on the table.
  • For every 60-seater bus on the road, there are four small matatus, or two slightly bigger ones. It will need to be phased out gradually, of course, so you don’t end up with a whole segment of the population rendered jobless overnight.
  • The National Transport and Safety Authority would probably make bucketloads of money with stronger enforcement of laws and on-the-spot fines for offenders.

Exactly 10 years ago, a flashy, young businessman named Mike Sonko moved to court to block an attempt by the Nairobi City Council to bar matatus from the heart of the capital after it built the Muthurwa terminus.

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