Relief hit the city as Nairobi governor Mike Sonko suspends the ban on matatus from accessing the city.

On Monday 3, thousands of Nairobi citizens had to walk to work after the county government made true its word to ban entry of matatus into the Central Business District.

Governor Sonko said his decision to suspend the ban was informed by the plight of Nairobi citizens and need to consult further with all affected parties to find a lasting solution.

“Although the directive is well intentioned, many innocent commuters, including senior citizens and those with health challenges requiring emergency medical attention, expectant mothers and children traveling with their parents, all suffered untold inconvenience, and this is regrettable,” said Sonko.

The governor said he is in talks with matatu operators and industry players to find a lasting solution to the traffic challenges facing the county. He however warned them not to break any rules just because the ban has been lifted.

“I have met this morning with the affected PSV operators with a view to agreeing on an acceptable solution that has less negative implication on all affected. During the coming days, I will continue to hold discussions with affected parties to find a way forward,” he added.