Conflict after Tuktuk, Bodaboda jam tarmacked road

The newly tarmacked Gataka Road .Photo Obegi Malack

By Obegi Malack

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Business in Ongata Rongai and Ngong towns is expected to boom after the tarmacking of the second section of Gataka road.

But the newly opened road has also created conflict between Bodaboda and Tuktuk operators.

The Bodaboda operators who have been charging Sh150 to Ongata Rongai and Embulbul towns are unhappy because Tuktuk operators who moved there are charging Sh50.

Gataka Bodatuk Sacco chairman Paul Simon said the bodaboda operators blocked them from accessing certain routes.

The Langata Police Traffic Commandant has allegedly directed them to stop plying the Karen Gataka route until the conflict is resolved.

“We have written letters to government offices but we are yet to be allowed, some of our colleagues have left the business,” he said.

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has completed tarmacking of the second section that connects Magadi road in Rongai town near Tuskys Chapchap Supermarket.

The contractor is now working on the section that connects Magadi Road, Maasai Mall and Maasai Lodge to Rimpa.

The tarmacking has reduced traffic in Ongata Rongai, Kiserian  and Ngong.

Motorists who want to beat traffic jam in Magadi road to access the Rongai and Kiserian now use that section.

Gataka resident John Mose said the Gataka Centre which has been neglected for long will be a better place to invest since the other towns are now congested.

“The town should be planned properly and sewerage built, we do not want to face sewer line problems facing Ongata Rongai and Ngong towns,” he said.

Ongata Rongai matatus are however still charging between Sh100 to Sh200 to and from Nairobi despite the reduced traffic.

Residents had complained to Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mwangi to act on the matter.The DCC directed them to write to Saccos that hike fares.

A county government official who sought anonymity said they will license 14 seater matatus to ply the route.

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