Assuring them of government protection, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has advised matatu drivers and other merchants to stay put and carry on with their operations.
After the DP warned Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja against relocating public service vehicles from the CBD in an effort to decongest the city, a verbal battle between politicians erupted.
Speaking in Nyeri, DP Gachagua urged the governor not to speed into choices that will harm residents of the Mt. Kenya region, adding that this helped him win the position of county chief.
In an interview on Sunday, the DP said that removing Matatus from the CBD is shutting out a lot of people and businesses, noting that those complaining about Nairobi’s traffic actually reside in Runda and Karen, on the outskirts of the city.
It was noticed by the DP that hundreds of other small and medium-sized businesses relied on the Matatu industry for support, making it challenging for those individuals to travel large distances with their bags.
In addition, the DP highlighted that it would be irresponsible to permit noise pollution in Nairobi’s residential zones, but that owners of such establishments should be given time to install soundproof walls to reduce noise.
The DP also remarked that it would be unkind to permit noise pollution in Nairobi’s residential zones, but that owners of such facilities should be given time to install soundproof walls to reduce noise and promote coexistence.
He continued by stating that entrepreneurs should be handled with respect and dignity.