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Governor Mike Sonko defends his decision to ban matatu from CBD

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has defended the ban on matatus from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Sonko says the move will help commuters in the city to exercise and remain physically fit.

The Governor also down played concerns that commuting between one terminus and other was a tall order, saying that most city residents “don’t go to the gym.”

“From Muthurwa to the CBD is a one minute walk. Many people don’t go to the gym. We want our people to exercise,” said Sonko.

The governor was questioned on the matatu ban while appearing before the Senate County Public Investment Committee over issues raised by Auditor General in the audit for 2014/15 Financial Year.

The Senate committee said the matatu issue would be discussed in detail on Wednesday this week.

He added that he had spoken to President Uhuru Kenyatta and plans were underway to avail buses that will save the physically challenged commuters the pain of moving from one terminus to another.

“I know people are suffering, I am just requesting for patience from commuters we are going to work on an amicable and permanent solution. In the morning, I spoke to the president we are looking for the big buses from NYS to transport the physically challenged from their stages to the CBD,” said Sonko.

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