Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja have been engaging in a verbal battle over the latter’s proposals to ban matatus from the CBD and crack down on nightclubs.
The two leaders have clashed over the issues because Sakaja claims that he has the support of President William Ruto to move public transportation terminals and ban nightclubs from operating in residential neighborhoods in order to restore what he deems the city’s lost splendor.
The deputy president urged matatu drivers and city business owners to ignore Sakaja and carry on with their operations on Sunday, promising them of government protection against the proposal, which he claims will strangle Nairobi’s economy.
The DP, on the other hand, should talk to Sakaja about the situation rather than waging war on the governor in front of large crowds, according to Sakaja, who on Tuesday claimed he is not engaged in a fight with Gachagua.
Gachagua should establish positive working relationships with the county’s leadership, according to Sakaja, stressing that the president has supported him ever since he was chosen to lead the county in August of last year.
Sakaja responded by accusing the DP of victimization, lying, and manipulating the initiative for political gain. He said that no ethnic group is the objective of the scheme.
Sakaja added that any politician who refers to the campaign against nightclubs in residential areas as a war on business is misleading the public and that he will not back down from it.
All PSVs plying will pick up and drop off passengers at the Muthurwa and Railway Club termini in addition to the Green Park, Desai, and Park Road bus termini under the proposed de-congestion plan.
According to Gachagua, shifting Matatus to the termini is detrimental to city traders who must transport significant volumes of freight into and out of the city.
On Sunday, he said that those advocating for city decongestion are suburban residents whose livelihoods do not depend on being able to access the CBD.
Since then, Sakaja has received assurances from President William Ruto that he will support her efforts to ban nightclubs in certain areas.