Polycarp Igathe's plan to sort transport menace in Nairobi

Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Polycarp during Nairobi County gubernatorial debate at CUEA on July 11,2022. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Polycarp Igathe, who is vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket, has vowed to prioritize the transport menace in the city if he clinches the seat next month.

Addressing the media on Friday, July 15, Igathe said Nairobi residents need spacious pavements for walking and cycling and in the long run, create room for exercise translating to a healthy nation.

Igathe, who elaborated his a 3-point manifesto dubbed SEE (Society, Economy and Environment), emphasized on the need for pedestrianizing the Central Business District.

“We shall ensure even in the estates, Nairobians walk a lot more. We live in a small public space. Nairobi is only 696 square kilometers. You can literally walk from one corner to another, he said.

While outlining his manifesto dubbed Nai Tunavyoitaka mantle, Igathe also promised to facilitate and fast-track the Metropolitan Commuter Rail Ring and support completion of the Nairobi Railway City project.

At the same time, he pledged to transform the transport sector plagued with perennial congestion by designating pick up and dropping zones for Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).

In matters business, Igathe promised to establish a universal and affordable single business permit, as part of plans to enhance ease of doing business in the capital.

“Under my leadership, my administration will build 150 new modern markets as well as introduce Sh 850 million “Wezesha Biashara” credit guarantee fund for youth and women, he promised.

The aspiring governor also reiterated his promise to eliminate unemployment in the county by launching apprenticeship programme and recruit 100 youths in every ward while also empowering youth and women groups to participate in garbage collection.