Commuters stranded as PSVs block road to protest Super Metro's entry to Kahawa West

 Public Service Vehicles blocked Kahawa West roundabout in protest of Super Metro entry into the route on Tuesday. [Courtesy, Facebook]

A number of travelers were on Tuesday left stranded after some Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) blocked a Kahawa West roundabout along the Thika Superhighway. 

Super Metro Operations Manager David Maina told The Standard that the PSVs were protesting the sacco’s new entry to the route.

“Other Saccos’ fear competition, that’s why they were blocking the road and disrupting operations,” said Maina.

Commuters took to social media to share their frustrations, after the matatus were blocked from accessing the town route. 

Maina however noted that police were at the scene and normalcy had resumed.

On his part, Kasarani OCPD Anthony Mbogo who spoke to The Standard on phone said he has not received any reports of a protest in the Kahawa West area.

“I have not seen any protests. I can confirm that they [ Super metro] called and said there was an issue. They will be coming to my office so that we can discuss it,” Mbogo said. 

On Monday, April 17, Super Metro announced new services on the Kahawa West route, offering free rides to and fro Nairobi town.

“Today we officially commenced our services in Kahawa West. As a way of thanking you, the Kahawa West fraternity, we are offering you free rides to and fro.” 

Super Metro is popular with commuters in Nairobi and its environs, for its observance of discipline and traffic rules.