Nairobi commuters who rely on Waiyaki Wayi were left stranded on Monday morning, June 28, after matatu touts tripled fare.
Passengers were forced to pay up to between Ksh200 and Ksh300, in an area where fare usually costs between Ksh50 and Ksh100.
Construction of the Nairobi Expressway and expansion of Waiyaki Way, frequently cause traffic snarl-ups of nearly 2 hours every day.
A section of Waiyaki Way, a ramp that links the highway to Forest Road, was also closed on the same day - for a month, that is Monday, June 28, 2021, to Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), on Saturday, June 26, notified the public that the closure was aligned with the construction of the Nairobi Expressway.
Touts further defended themselves stating that the morning rainy weather was also to blame for the unavailability of vehicles. Residents, however, lamented that they were intentionally causing the delays.
Several PSVs operating along Waiyaki Way declined to be paid through mobile money, with touts arguing that commuters would reverse the money.
"Those paying via mobile money should alight, or top up the withdrawal fee," a tout directed much to the chagrin of the commuters.
The touts forcefully got rid of the said commuters, leaving them stranded midway.
Several Nairobians walked on foot, especially from Kangemi to Westlands and beyond due to the gridlock around the ABC roundabout.
The Nairobi Expressway, financed and constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), is expected to be completed by early 2022. The 27.1 km elevated road begins at Mlolongo to JKIA, Nairobi’s CBD and ends at Westlands along Waiyaki Way.
Expansion of Waiyaki Way has faced numerous delays and was projected to be completed in early 2021, a few months past its December 2020 deadline.
In April 2021, Transport CS James Macharia urged China Wu Yi firm engineers to expedite the Ksh16 billion project. The project involves the expansion of the 25km James Gichuru-Rironi Road stretch along Waiyaki Way into a superhighway.
Content created and supplied by: kenya.newszjunky.co.ke (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More