The government has promised to establish and operationalize the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, NAMATA, in a bid to address transport challenges in major cities of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Murang’a.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia held a lengthy session with both governors Evans Kidero of Nairobi, Mwangi wa Iria of Murang’a, William Kabogo of Kiambu, Dr. David Nkedianye and Alfred Mutua of Machakos in a bid to address effective traffic measures.
The traffic menace in the counties prompted the president to issue an executive order on the 10th of last month creating the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority – NAMATA.
The authority is meant device ways of easing the transport menace according to Transport CS James Macharia.
According to Macharia the bill awaiting the National Assembly will see NAMATA executive order being formalized.
The CS says major concerns have been raised on the fate of the economy that is blamed on poor road network that leads to loss of billions of shillings daily.
Macharia says many transport projects have been earmarked and will help improve the road network in the major towns.
Macharia was spoke on the sidelines of a closed door meeting with all the five governors who will be required to implement the NAMATA order.