High Court Declines Lift Over CBD Psv Ban

by Mahakamani News

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with several Matatu sacco officials speaking to court reporters outside Milimani Law Courts

Nairobi county commuters have suffered a blow after a court declined to suspend ban on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) from the Central Business District (CBD). Commuters will continue to walk long distances to access the CBD, bus termini and various city estates.

On Monday, December 3, the High Court directed parties in both cases that were filed by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and 21 matatu saccos to serve the respondents. Justice Pauline Nyamweya directed the suit papers be served to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the police and Nairobi county before a hearing scheduled for Thursday, December 6.

Mahakamani News understands Sakaja, through Mwenje and Karanja advocates, proceeded to file a petition in court seeking to revoke the matatu ban after his advice against the move landed on deaf ears.

In his petition, the senator cited lack of public participation and alternative means of transport as the reason why the ban must be suspended. The now controversial ban took effect on Monday after City Hall issued a notice ordering the PSVs to exit the CBD and relocate to the newly assigned termini.

Traffic marshals were deployed to block the matatus from accessing the city centre. Most commuters were left confused and stranded as they could not figure out where the new termini were located, forcing some of them to either trek to their destinations or seek alternative means of transport.

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