Last month, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja kicked out matatus plying various upcountry routes out of the Central Business District.
Sakaja argued that the move was a part wider plan to decongest the country’s capital city Nairobi.
“Nairobi City County is in process of reorganizing public service vehicles operations of upcountry bound PSV SACCOs and PSV companies, part of which will involve relocating SACCOs to a new area of operation,” Sakaja said.
However, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has faulted Governor Johnson Sakaja for kicking matatu out of CBD saying the move was hitting the Kikuyu community more since they are the major stakeholders in the transport sector.
Gachagua said it was wrong for former Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja to make decisions without consulting the Kikuyu community.
The second in command said he was the one who rallied the Kikuyu community to vote for UDA candidate John Sakaja in the August 9, General Election and that the Kenya kwanza government should not start oppressing the business community in Nairobi.
“Na nimemwambia gavana wa Nairobi nitakaa chini na yeye tuongee sababu sisi ndio tulimchagua. Ni mimi ndio niliketisha wakikuyu pale Nairobi nikawaambia wamchagua. Mambo yoyote ambayo anaamua, ambayo yanaweza haribu biashara katika Nairobi, kwanza tuongee tukubaliane. Hatutaki speed mingi saana,” Gachagua said.
Loosely translated to: “And I have told the governor of Nairobi that I will sit down and talk to him because we are the ones who elected him. I was the one who sat down the people in Nairobi and told them to vote for him. Whatever things he decides, which can damage business in Nairobi, let’s first talk and agree. We don’t want too much speed.”
Gachagua while asking Sakaja to emulate his Nakuru counterpart further heaped praises on Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika for reversing her predecessor’s move of kicking matatu out of Nakuru town.