Why State suspended Wednesday, Saturday car-free plan

The Government has suspended the implementation of car-free days in Nairobi "to give time for more preparations".

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the plan to restrict matatus and private vehicles from some roads and streets in the CBD every Wednesday and Saturday would not begin this weekend as earlier anticipated.

The plan would have seen hawkers invited to the cleared streets and roads to sell their wares under special sheds.

“The capture of the biometric data of the traders using BVR kits has not been completed as anticipated,” said CS Macharia in a statement. “This is an essential security measure that has to be finalized. Consequently, the trial run has been deferred until further notice.”

Several lobby groups including the Federation of Kenyan Employers, FKE and Central Organization of Trade Unions COTU had asked that the policy be reconsidered with the Law Society of Kenya, LSK threatening to sue the government if it is implemented.

A move by Nairobi governor Mike Sonko last December to block matatus from the Central Business District, (CBD) was rescinded after only 24 hours as major roads in the city came to a standstill.

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