Directive barring PSVs from CBD remains, says Kidero

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By Ben Chumba

Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero has vowed that he will not recede his order banning public service vehicles from the Nairobi Central Business District in a bid to decongest the city.

According to Kidero, out of the 30,000 PSVs operating with the CDB, only 12,000 have paid requisite parking fee to city hall.

The latest declaration rekindling fears of a possible crisis in the transport sector with Matatu operators threatening to halt operations if the Nairobi county administration fails to vacate the orders.

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Speaking shortly after a courtesy call by Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Governor Kidero said the initiative is aimed at  de-congesting the city centre.

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According to Kidero out of the 30,000 Public Service Vehicles operating in CBD only 12,000 have paid parking fee to city hall.

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Governor Kidero further said that tough action will be taken against any county official who will be found engaging in corruption after it was revealed that a huge number of PSVs have fake permits.

The Matatu Welfare Association had threatened to paralyze transport but called off the planned strike to allow for consultations.

On Wednesday police lobbed teargas to disperse rowdy matatu operators who had blocked roads in downtown Nairobi.

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Kidero cancelled the matatu parking licences in the city centre following protests by traders.

This is after traders, complained that the matatu operators were parking outside their premises, blocking their customers.

The governor said the traders had a right not to remit payments to City Hall as their businesses were affected by the matatu operators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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