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Kisumu City Bans Buses, Matatus from CBD

Buses and Matatus will not be allowed to access Kisumu town center from 15th, March 2021 as the County government moves to decongest the city.

Kisumu County through the office of the City Manager issued a notice on Tuesday announcing the looming kick out of the PSVs from picking and/or dropping travelers from various stages in town.

“Notice is given to Kisumu Bus Park Transport Company (KIBUTCO), Matatus Owners Associations (Town service) and all matatus and Bus Saccos operating within the jurisdiction of the city that all matatus and buses must use the stipulated routes to access the bus park as from 15th, March 2021,” read the statement in part.

The acting City Manager Mr. Abala Wanga while issuing the firm directive identified the areas that will cease to be used as bus stops as Kisumu Boys roundabout, Aga Khan, Dal international, Kamas, Kisumu Girls, and Yellow line.

Other joints that have been thronged by travelers to board matatus that also appeared in the list include the National Oil Petrol station, the entrance of Jubilee market, Anga’wa street (Stanbic Bank), KCC and Kachok.

Mr. Wanga further cautioned that non-compliance would lead to impounding of such matatus or buses without further reference to the owners.

Earlier, Mr. Wanga advised traders along the busy streets to park their vehicles at designated areas backstreets in a bid to decongest the city.

The city has also banned trucks from the CBD apart from those ferrying fuel and goods which must seek clearance from the city management before gaining entry.

Congestion in the major cities have contributed to many social vices and the government is geared to tame the same.

Kisumu, which is the third largest city in Kenya, has moved with speed to decongest the town after a heinous incident where an assailant snatched a pistol from a traffic police officer and shot dead two people while injuring scores a few days ago.

 

By Robert Ojwang’

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