Matiang’i caught up in demos against Limuru roadblocks

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 00:00 |
Limuru matatu operators spokesman John Muiruri addresses the media at Rironi, along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway, yesterday. The operators want the Rironi roadblock removed. Photo/PD/Clement Kamau

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i was yesterday morning caught up in a matatu operators’ demonstration at Rironi along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

The operators mainly from Limuru were protesting against the mounting of a roadblock at Rironi which they say has interrupted their business.

On noticing a siren made by Matiang’i’s chase car, the operators blocked the road prompting the CS to alight and address them.

He told them to be patient and allow free flow of traffic as the government addresses the matter.

“We are aware that the roadblocks are negatively affecting  the country’s economy but we have to look into the matter diligently. 

“The Inspector General and Kenya National Highways Authority officials are addressing the problem and you should expect changes by tomorrow (today),” he said before he boarded his vehicle and left amid tight security.

Earlier, more than 300 vehicles belonging to Likana and Lina saccos had blocked the road for hours as their officials sought audience with Limuru Deputy County Commissioner Charles Mukele.

Highlight plight

On Sunday, motorists and matatu operators woke up to a rude shock when they found additional roadblocks mounted on several roads within Limuru Sub-county.

This was only two weeks after the same were minimised following a highlight of the plight of motorists, commuters and residents by People Daily.

Yesterday, Limuru MP Peter Mwathi termed the remounting of the Rironi roadblock insensitive.

He said the roadblocks should be mounted at the borders of the metropolitan area and not within the same.

“My people are wondering whether they are in a total lockdown,” he said.

There are now eight roadblocks within Limuru which is within the Nairobi metropolitan.

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