UPDATE 14:41: Nakuru East MP David Gikaria has been arrested and is being held at the Central Police station in Nakuru town.
The MP, according to reports, was arrested in connection with a violent round of protests that brought Nakuru town to a standstill on Monday.
Nakuru East MP David Gikaria arrested over ongoing clashes in Nakuru town between police and protesting matatu operators pic.twitter.com/nuHb5ITSkO
— JAMES MATHERI (@MATHERIJAMES) September 28, 2020
Business was brought to a standstill in Nakuru town on Monday, September 28 after Matatu owners protesting their eviction from Business District clashed with anti-riot police officers.
Transport was therefore affected and businesses closed as protesters engaged police in running battles.
Videos shared online showed protesters screaming while vowing to block any attempts to kick them out of the business-rich CBD.
A section of protesters also broke into an anti-Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui song calling for his eviction from office.
Police officers lobbed teargas at protesters who were in turn pelting them with stones.
“We have tried having talks with our governor so far to no avail, he just sends police to harass us when we protest,” James Mbugua, a salon owner in the town disclosed.
The protests come as major towns are currently developing plans to oust matatus from the CBD in the coming weeks.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohammed Badi announced plans to bar matatus from accessing the Central Business District (CBD) as from November in a bid to de-congest the city.
The plans are being finalised and will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November.
Badi also revealed that the NMS has been working with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), adding that bus stations have been built in Ngara and Parklands where all matatus coming from Thika will offload passengers.
Matatus coming from Machakos and Lang’ata will therefore have a stage at the Railway Golf Club where the Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA) will build an express way.
Badi had also revealed that the much-awaited bus rapid transit (BRT) system will also be operational by the end of this month and will be used to transport passengers from the train stations to their various destinations.
Business activities disrupted in Nakuru town after matatu operators protest eviction from the central business district. pic.twitter.com/5cDDrLsN02
— LINCOLN NJOGU (@muriukilincoln) September 28, 2020
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