Nairobians going home after work have been affected after several matatu’s in the city center went on strike to protest Nairobi governor Evans Kidero’s new parking rules for PSV’s not to enter the CBD and to use only 5 minutes picking passengers.
The matatu operators had earlier threatened to go on strike last week but then shelved the decision
Several routes in Nairobi have been affected by matatu strike on Wednesday, April 13.
The routes affected are: Racecourse road in CBD, Ronald Ngala, Landhies road and Jogoo road.
Several matatu operators blocked Racecourse road denying other motorists way.
Demonstrations from matatu operators on Racecourse Road also made it difficult for other road users and pedestrians.
Matatu’s on Landhies road blocked the way for other road users with protests taking the better part of the day.
On Ronald Ngala the matatu’s stood still blocking the road.
The strike comes after Nairobi governor insisted he would not negotiate with the operators saying they have taken parking slots in the city inconveniencing businesses in the central business district.
The governor also said the matatu’s contribute largely to the constant traffic jams in the city.
The Matatu operators responded to the rules by Kidero, by claiming that city hall has no capacity to effect a ban on PSV’s.