Why Sonko’s city decongestion plan is a complete non-starter

What you need to know:

  • The bad news for officialdom is that matatus are going nowhere — not yet.

  • Not unless you want a total shutdown of Nairobi. And not until you offer alternatives.

  • Make no mistake, Wanjiku saw through perfectly well the poor-versus-well-to-do class bias in the matatu CBD ban.

Governor Mike Sonko is a joke gone too far. You don’t run a city like Nairobi through jua kali gimmicks. Let’s first educate the governor: Cities the world over give priority to commuter vehicles as opposed to private cars. This is for a reason. Ease of commuter flow is what makes big cities work. It improves economic efficiency and many other things.


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