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Nairobi Governor Sakaja Bans Wines and Spirits Shops Around Matatu Stations

Feb 24, 2024 #Nairobi County
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Nairobi Governor Sakaja Johnson chaired a meeting today, February 23rd, 2024, bringing together the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) and officials from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). In the meeting, Governor Sakaja announced a decisive step towards restoring order in the capital city.

“We will no longer tolerate disorder in Nairobi,” stated Governor Sakaja.

“As the capital city, we are committed to ensuring its smooth operation. Therefore, I have directed the immediate removal of all wines and spirits shops situated around matatu terminals.”

Governor Sakaja emphasized the need to address the growing issue of matatu operators spending their time in these establishments, which have transformed into bars and drinking dens.

“Drivers and touts often frequent these shops while awaiting customers,” he explained. “This behavior not only disrupts public order but also contributes to the rampant alcohol and drug abuse that endangers lives on our roads.”

The directive aims to curb the prevalence of alcohol consumption among matatu drivers and touts, thereby enhancing road safety and reducing the risk of accidents caused by impaired driving.

In taking this action, Governor Sakaja underscores the importance of prioritizing public safety and ensuring that Nairobi’s transportation systems operate efficiently and responsibly.

The removal of wines and spirits shops around matatu terminals marks a significant step towards achieving these objectives.

The governor’s directive signals a commitment to proactive measures aimed at fostering a safer and more orderly urban environment for all residents and visitors alike.

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