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NMS Changes Deadline for Nairobi Matatu Ban

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  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has pushed the relocation date of matatus from the Central Business District (CBD) to the end of January 2021.

    The plans have reportedly been delayed due to a lack of funds to complete the construction of the new bus terminals.

    This comes after the relocation date was revised several times in December and early January. 

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    The Green Park terminus under construction at the Railways club along Haile Selassie Avenue.
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    NMS had initially stated that the relocation plan would be implemented in phases to avoid a transport crisis.

    The matatus are expected to relocate to Green Park terminus located at the Railways Club along Haile Selassie Avenue as well as Desai and Park Road.

    Reports indicate that the Green Park terminus, which is meant to accommodate at least 110 matatus, is almost complete, but matatu owners vowed not to adhere to the CBD ban.

    The National Matatu Owners Association chairman John Muthonga said that NMS had ulterior motives to relocate the matatus.

    “We will not be moved out of this city. We have rights like other Kenyans. We want the exercise done in an inclusive manner where our views will be well represented,” Muthonga noted.

    NMS Transport, Roads and Public Works director Michael Ochieng, however, dismissed the claims.

    “We are in talks with the real stakeholders, the ones complaining are people who don’t even own vehicles. All serious investors are fully behind our plan,” Ochieng stated.

    The NMS has been lauded for the implementation of a number of projects since the entity was formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Among the projects is the ongoing construction of the termini which is aimed to decongest traffic within the CBD.

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    Nairobi Metropolitan Services boss Mohamed Badi addresses President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 30, 2020, at Harambee House Nairobi while releasing a report of his first 100 days in office
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    Pastor Rebukes Uhuru Over Daily Ksh2B Theft

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  • Rev. Sammy Wainaina called out President Uhuru Kenyatta in his sermon that aired on national TV at the All Saints Cathedral Provost.

    In the Sunday January 2, sermon, the pastor took issue with the Head of State’s admission that Ksh2 billion was lost through corruption every day.

    He argued that the Head of State had enough agencies at his disposal to ensure no money is lost, which made his public admission shocking.

    “Mr President, thank you for the confession that we are all thieves minus the opportunities. Mr President, you have the EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission), DPP (Directorate of Public Prosecutions), NIS (National Intelligence Service) and every government mercenary at your disposal.

    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina
    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina.
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    “Either the government knows who steals Kenyans’ money, or the government is part of the stealing,” stated Wainaina.

    “What are you telling Kenyans when you confess such, that you are defeated? Who will then save this country when the president can’t?” he questioned.

    The Reverend further pointed out that the theft had become perpetual with the findings of KEMSA probe he (Uhuru) had ordered yet to be made public.

    “Up to now, Kemsa report is not out even after the President gave the ultimatum. Either the government knows the thieves or they are a part of the scheme.

    “No wonder, everybody these days wants to be a politician. The moment they are elected, the first thing they ask is, ‘what is there for me,'” he continued.

    He further noted that Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would not solve problems, but was aimed at enriching a few individuals even as corruption continues to fuel the hustler narrative.

    Speaking on Monday, January 18, Uhuru defended government spending on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), noting that over Ksh2bn was being misappropriated daily.

    “These people should not mislead the public that Ksh2billion will be spent, yet what they steal every day is more than Ksh2 billion. These people are useless, and I will say it openly, how much do they spend every year?” stated Uhuru.

    The President was speaking in a radio interview that aired on Inooro, Kameme, and Gukena stations.

    Below is the video of Pastor Wainaina:

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    19,000 Motorists Wade Through Mombasa-Mariakani Traffic

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  • At least 19,000 vehicles are currently forced to wade through rough terrain between Mombasa city and Mariakani due to the ongoing dualling of the busy road.

    According to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the single-lane highway would witness traffic snarl-ups that lasted for hours on end.

    However, the situation has turned worse with long stretches of the road under construction since 2015, and yet to be tarmacked.

    According to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) carried out by KeNHA, vehicle speed averages between 10-30km/hr across the road corridor.

    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    During peak hours, it takes an average of 3-6hrs to traverse a distance of 16km from Miritini into the city centre.

    To cap it off, the pollution in form of dust being kicked up by the thousands of vehicles forced to go off-road at various sections of the highway is unprecedented. 

    The dualling of the major road has been riddled with problems from its early days. In 2015, KeNHA ordered the contractor to close a diversion and construct it to required standards as it proved impassable during the rainy season.

    At the time, hundreds of travellers, including tourists and truck drivers, spent the night in the cold and blamed the contractor for doing a shoddy job.

    The project road is approximately 41km and forms part of the 500 km Mombasa-Nairobi highway that also constitutes part of the Northern Corridor linking the Kenyan Coast with the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda. 

    It runs in a northerly direction through Changamwe, Miritini and Mazeras before terminating shortly after Mariakani Weighbridge. 

    The major road is faced with the challenge of a rapid increase in traffic volumes including light vehicles and heavy trucks over the years.

    It is now being expanded to a six-lane highway and is largely expected to help decongest the city once completed.

    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    Kenyan Businessmen Pour Ksh81B Into Govt Project

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  • A wealthy group of private investors helped the national government to raise Ksh81 billion after it put up the country’s infrastructural bonds for sale.

    According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the government was initially targeting Ksh50 billion.

    However, once the bonds were made available, there was an overwhelming number of bids totalling Ksh125 billion, of which Ksh81 billion was accepted.

    This is in line with the recent trend in which the country has witnessed a high investor appetite for government securities. 

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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    The minimum amount to invest was tagged at Ksh 100,000 with interest payable every six months.

    Infrastructural bonds have proven to be very attractive for investors given they are tax-free as provided for under the Income Tax Act.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration has a long list of infrastructure projects that it had planned to execute during the 2019/2020 financial year.

    This is the second infrastructure paper being sold in the current fiscal year, following the Ksh70 billion, 11-year bond that was floated in August. It attracted bids worth Kshh102 billion, with the government taking up Ksh78.56 billion.

    They included the Ksh55.8 Billion Naivasha – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, the affordable housing plan, and the Ksh55.8 billion Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia (LAPSSET) transport corridor, considered Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project, among others.

    Kenya has successfully issued Infrastructure Bonds since 2009 when the first Bond was issued to Ksh18.5bn to fund specific projects in Transport, Energy, Water, and Irrigation Sectors.

    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
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