BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD DEC 2018-Hundreds of commuters in Nairobi have been forced to trek to the Central Business District as CBD matatus ban took effect on Monday morning.
Many were seen walking as far as from Ngara ,uperhill ,westlands and even islands areas heading to Town.
The ban took effect as early as 4.50am, with police and county traffic marshals blocking matatus from entering the city centre.
A Spot check conducted by UPESINEWS in and around Nairobi City has revealed presence of heavy security contingent in most previous bus stages standing armed , some in full combat gear.Others were deployed to designated termini (outside CBD) that the Sonko administration directed matatus to operate from starting today.
The traffic marshals with clubs and police with guns and batons have mounted roadblocks at the termini, including Muthurwa, Muranga Road Fig Tree A, Desai Road, Ngara Road, Hakati, Railways and Central Bus Station.
The situation was similar along Thika and Limuru roads, where majority of passengers disembarked at the Fig Tree Terminus A in Ngara as matatus.
We also discovered that in the city centre, most matatu termini, which are usually busy during the morning hours, were deserted.
Things were not different either at Koja, Odeon, Kencom, GPO, OTC, Commercial, Ronald Ngala Street, Ambassadeur, Murang’a Road and other bus stops along River Road.