Sakaja responds to Mt Kenya critics over Matatu Ban maintaining his stand despite Gachagua Warning.
Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja has vowed to continue with his Nairobi city transformation plan in relocation of long-distance Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) out of the Central Business District (CBD) despite coming under harsh criticism.
In an interview on January 5th, Sakaja outlined why the action was required to advance Nairobi’s transportation industry.
Governor Sakaja was speaking for the first time following open criticism from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and other leaders from the Mt Kenya region.
“I have heard people saying that Nairobi was like this before I was born but I want to tell them that is why I am the governor.
“We must change our city and there is no shortcut about that,” he stated.
“Nairobi is not competing with Kisumu or any other city, we are competing with other international cities and to achieve that we have to make some changes,” the governor affirmed.
Sakaja also hinted at the need for the capital to compete well with other global international capitals.
At the time of making the changes, Sakaja stated that the move would help decongest the city and improve the flow of traffic.
In the move, all PSVs from Nyanza, Western, North Rift, South Rift, and Central Rift were relocated to the Green Park Terminus.
Sakaja’s move to relocate long-distance PSVs from the CBC saw him face impeachment threats barely four months after being sworn him.
However, Gachagua and his allies noted that the move would affect a number of businesses.
“Anything that he decides on that may affect your business in Nairobi. We must first talk and agree. There is no hurry. The issue of ejecting matatus from Nairobi will not happen,” he stated.