Nakuru City’s Ksh 80M non-motorized transport plan face resistance

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Taxi operators in Nakuru City have opposed the county government’s plan to scrap parking of vehicles within the central business district.

This follows the introduction of the Ksh 80 million non-motorized transport (NMT) system and beautification on the city streets which has taken up parking space in the country’s fourth city.

Speaking to the press, the operators led by Fred Nyakundi said that the move will greatly affect their businesses as they will now be pushed out of the city center.

Nyakundi said that the county government which banned them from waiting for clients within the town a year ago has now moved forward to further kill their business.

Central Rift Matatu Owners Association chairperson Stephen Muli who is also a stakeholder in the taxi industry said that they would rally the members behind Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.

Senator Kihika is among six candidates vying for the Nakuru governorship in the August 9 polls in which Governor Lee Kinyanjui is seeking a second term in office.

After her clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kihika trashed the NMT system and beautification, saying if elected she would do away with it.

On Wednesday, Governor Kinyanjui who inspected the ongoing project defended it saying that it was aimed at making Nakuru city friendly to people and not just for vehicles and their owners.

The governor said that this will have a direct bearing on the health of the people as it will encourage them to conduct physical exercises.

  

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