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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
34 | BUSINESS TRANSPORT | Ministry acts to decongest city centre and bring order to industry Matatus in Nairobi to face new rules from April, says official Vehicles will be licensed according to their routes under a plan to restore order and end the chaos BY MWANIKI WAHOME @mwanikiwahome firstname.lastname@example.org in April. Designated routes mirror those N used in the 1980s when there was scheduled public transport before the system collapsed, leading to the chaos that reigns today. Transport Principal Secretary Nduva Muli yesterday said licences would be renewed on the basis of new routes designed to decongest the Nairobi central business district and ease the movement of vehicles between suburbs. 20 minutes The period of time that a public service vehicle is expected to spend at a terminus He was speaking in Nairobi at the launch of matatu routes that have been designed using information developed through collaboration between civic data design lab, MIT Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Colombia University, School of Computing Studies, University of Nairobi. “By April when we are issuing new licences, we want the Nairobi County government to give us routes that make sense. Every day new routes are coming up —some starting and EVANS HABIL | NATION A passenger reads a map of the Nairobi Transit Map at the GPO bus stop in the city yesterday before boarding a public service vehicle after the launch of the Nairobi Transit Map and Data at a Nairobi hotel. terminating in the central business district — causing congestion in the city,” said Mr Muli. National Transport and Safety Au- thority chairman Lee Kinyanjui said the new research would enable them to plan. He said increased studies on transport would also enable them to know the impact of some of the policies being implemented. “In the 1980s, there was a struc- tured transport system but over time this collapsed and we now have a chaos. This is not sustainable,” said Mr Kinyanjui. Mr Muli said the county govern- ment was partly to blame because of its failure to implement its by-laws that state that a public service vehicle should not stop for more that two minutes at a bus stage and 20 minutes at the terminus. ew public transport routes expected to change how matatus run in the city will take effect BACKGROUND The long road to sanitising sector Size: From getting the 18-seater matatus converted to 14-seater and the planned banning of registration of the latter from operating in Nairobi. Speed governor: Despite the introduction of the gadgets not much was achieved. However, they will now be required to have automated speed governors to store information. Grouping: Their forming saccos and companies to enhance monitoring is yet to have a meaningful effect. Identification: Wearing of uniforms for ease identification. “As we implement new PSV rules, matatus that do not obey the by-laws will face the full force of the law,” he said. Nairobi county executive committee member for public works, roads and transport, Mr Evans Ondieki, said the new routes announced yesterday would be used to assist in planning movement of vehicles in the city. “The routes are based on scientific research and will be used to inform the planning of public transport in the city,” he said. Mr Ondieki said Nairobi would re- claim public land that was grabbed by individuals to expand parking space in the city, while an automated system of billing vehicles for parking space per hour would be introduced to end the congestion. Kenya Bus Management Services managing director, Mr Edwin Mukabana, said the routes should be categorised into urban, peri-urban and intra-urban if they are to adequately cope with the transport needs of Nairobi. Kenya puts on ice licensing of oil exploration blocks BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The licensing of oil exploration blocks has been frozen until new laws are enacted, officials at the Ministry of Energy have said. “We have opted to freeze licensing for oil pros- pectors until we have put a proper legal framework in place,” said Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge. “The new legal framework is being aligned with constitutional requirements. We want to engage all stakeholders,” said the PS in an interview with Nation. Parliament is expected to pass the Bill sometime before June despite anticipated lengthy debates concerning it before it paves the way for the Energy Act. Some eight new blocks have been created and are there are plans to lease them under a more competitive licensing process through bidding 25 per cent The level by which by which licensed exploration firms must cede their acreage over an agreed frame of time rounds, moving away from the tradition where exploration rights were issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Two blocks — 15T and 10BC — were surrendered by British firm Tullow Oil. Four blocks in Lamu — L4A, L29, L30 and L31, previously owned by US independent firm Anadarko have also been delineated while blocks L25 and L26, also within Lamu which were repossessed from Norwegian state firm Statoil are slated for bidding. Under petroleum laws known as production sharing contracts, exploration firms must cede 25 per cent of their licensed acreage over an agreed time frame. DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 NEW MEGA-PORT OPENED Cuban authorities seek business hub status with new facility despite economic sanctions from the US P.37 US firm joins bank to sell its products BY NATION CORRESPONDENT An American multinational is seeking a big stake in Kenya to market its medical equipment. General Electric yesterday an- nounced it will work with Kenya Commercial Bank and USAid to sell medical equipment to private hospitals. The bank will provide the finance while USAid will offer a partial guarantee to the equipment acquired from General Electric. Enjoy grace period It will be carried out in two phases with a further Sh860 million for phase two. The aim is to expand it to the East African region to improve access to affordable healthcare, the bank’s chief executive, Mr Joshua Oigara, said. The loan will be repaid over nines. Kenya Commercial Bank cus- tomers will have access to loans while enjoying a grace period of 12 months. The money would b e paid in 72 months at an interest rate of 15 per cent. USAid administrator Rajiv Shah said GE has equipment for dialysis, and computer-to-mography scanners. BRIEFLY PARTNERSHIP Artcaffee to manage Dorman coffee outlets Café, restaurants and baker- ies operator Artcaffé has sealed a long-term joint venture project with C. Dorman Limited. The project will involve the acquisition and management by Artcaffe of specific Dormans coffee houses, which will continue trading as Dormans. Artcaffé managing director, Mr Sagi Vaknin and his C Dorman Coffee Ltd counterpart, Mr Jeremy Block, said the firm would continue running Dormans Coffee houses. EXPANSION Indian firm partners to enter Kenyan market An Indian constructions prod- ucts firm has entered Kenya by appointing a local water proofing products distributor as their sole supplier. India’s Pidilite Industries’ Dr Fixit yesterday signed a partnership worth Sh126 million ($1.5 million) with Crown Classics. The latter imports and distributes a variety of water proofing products, chemicals and additives for the construction industry to protect and increase the durability of a building.
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