Senator Johnson Sakaja on Tuesday launched 100 buses to serve Nairobians commute from the various designated terminals to the central business district.
In a statement via his social media, Sakaja who has openly expressed his opposition to the matatu CBD ban stated that the buses would be used to help those who were physically challenged to walk long distances.
“Watu wangu wa Nairobi leo kuanzia saa mbili asubuhi wamama wajawazito wote, wazee, walemavu na watoto nimetoa basi mia moja (100) kuwapeleka kutoka muthurwa na fig tree mpaka town ndani.
“From today I have launched 10 buses to serve all pregnant women, the elderly and children to transport them from Muthurwa and Fig Tree to town,” he posted on Facebook.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s FB post
He added that he would not let residents suffer assuring that the matter of the ban would be dealt with.
“Mambo lazima ifanywe kwa mpangilio sio hivi hivi. (Things must be well thought out, not by impulse)”
Calls to the Senator seeking clarification on the initiative went unanswered.
On Sunday, Sakaja urged the county government to be cognizant of the effects of the ill-advised decision by explaining that the new regulations punished the commuters more than the matatu operators.
Earlier on Tuesday, however, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko suspended the matatu ban stating that there was a need for more consultation.
“I have noted with deep concern the plight of Nairobi residents as a result of the ban, and hereby announce that the full implementation of this directive has been suspended with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.