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I’ll Not Accept Laziness, Nairobians Must Walk – Governor Mike Sonko

I won’t permit laziness, Nairobians must walk in the bid to decongest the city, governor Mike Sonko has said.

Talking amid a KCB graduation service on Thursday, Sonko said 1km isn’t excessively for the young to walk to the Central Business District.

“The individuals who walked to the CBD due to the matatu boycott in the CBD, this is only a step forward… walking is an activity and you will still walk. Indeed, even in Rwanda, individuals walk,” he said.

We will only look after the pregnant women, elderly and the physically challenged. For the youth, you must walk. From Muthurwa or any other place to the CBD is only 1km…I will not allow laziness.”

Sonko said Nairobi is Kenya’s international city and must be made to mirror that.

“Let me be a one-term governor but I will not leave Nairobi the way I found it. There will be politics during the day and they [politicians] will sleep at night,” he said.

Thousands of commuters on December 3 walked for long distances to their workplaces after the county government affected the gazette notice banning matatus from the CBD.

Some walked for as long as 5km during the matatu ban Monday.

On December 4, Sonko suspended the ban on matatus from entering the CBD with immediate effect.

The Governor further asked Senator Johnston Sakaja to work with him instead of fighting him.

“Sakaja, I fought former Governor Evans Kidero and even took him to court. But Sonko is not Kidero. Come let us work together,” Sonko said.

Sakaja went to court to file a petition against the ban of matatus from the Central Business District.

Through Mwenje and Karanja advocates, he wanted the suspension of the order to be based on lack of public participation.


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  1. Walking is indeed healthy but Governor don’t you think every employer and business place should provide showering facilities and ironing services so that people don’t smell of sweat and wear wrinkled clothes that they have to carry for changing.
    An allowance for sports wear for every walking Nairobian would be good

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