A typical walk in Nairobi CBD requires a strong calm mind. The congestion is pure insane.
Matatus have turned streets into parking lots leaving pedestrians scrambling for the little space available where pushing and shoving thrive.
Luckily, City Hall has come to the rescue. Plans are underway to transform roads in the city into one-way streets to ease traffic jams and congestion, a top official revealed.
County transport executive Hitan Majevdia says they have begun holding discussions on the with the national government, the World Bank and UN-Habitat.
“Money for the programme has already been factored into the 2019-20 fiscal year budget and would be implemented after the successful completion of the ongoing repairs and transformation of Luthuli avenue,” Majevdia said.
Among the six streets is Moi Avenue and Luthuli which have been on the radar since last year.
According to Mr Majevdia, matatu operators have been engaged in the talks on finding new areas for their operations.
“We have had successful meetings with Eastleigh and Joy Kenya saccos, which operate on Luthuli Avenue,” he said.
“We will need to move matatus to the backstreets where there are no shops. We will meet Sacco officials on Tuesday next week.”