Matatu operators have defended traders whose stalls were demolished saying move is politically motivated.
The Nairobi county government has for the past two days pulled down over 1000 structures to create space and pave way for the removal of matatus from CBD.
Matatu Transport Vehicles Association secretary general Wambugu Kanoru claimed the demolition was done to give way for traders backing the current city administration.
“The ongoing demolition has nothing to do with opening spaces for matatus. Those structures are at the edges of the terminus,” Kanoru told the Star on Thursday.
“The exercise is to reward those who campaigned for the current administration.”
Noting that most of the affected traders enjoyed security from the former governor, Kanoru said traders were not given notice to vacate Ngara, Parklands, Bus Station, and Muthurwa terminuses.
“Those bus terminuses are full already and are designed to hold the 14-seater matatus apart from Muthurwa which has no proper exit plan,” he said.