Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko with his lawyer Harrison Kinyanyui leaving Milimani law courts after he filed a case which he seeks order to quash the decision by Governor Evans Kidero, to prohibit them from configuring the road and they be compelled to restore the road structure to original position on Tuesday 14,April 2015..
BY SAM ALFAN.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has moved to court to challenge the decision by the Governor Evans Kidero to reconfigure county urban roads with large roundabouts.
In his urgent application, Sonko told court that the restructuring of roads leading to the city center which have since affected Uhuru high way, Bunyara road, Westlands and Langata roads is unlawful.
Sonko accused, the Nairobi county government, transport CS of failing to provide alternative routes of diversion of equal service construction similar to the crossed roads.
He said failure to provide alternative roads to easy the traffic jam that has hit Nairobi motorist since Monday last week is unlawful meant to punish Nairobians and has violated the law which has posed grave and mortal danger to motorist who use the affected roads. “
The action by the respondents is unlawful by altering the structure of the affected roads without the necessary roads engineering structural maps necessary to execute such a task is unconstitutional “he says.
Justice Mumbi certified the case as urgent and directed the senator to serve the County, CS and Kenya national highway, Kenya Roads Board, Kenya Urban Roads Authority and the Attorney general whom he has named as respondent.
Sonko seeks order to quash the decision of the respondents, to prohibit them from configuring the road and they be compelled to restore the road structure to original position.
Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko wants the closure of several roundabouts in the city rescinded. Sonko has warned that unless the county government reviews the new traffic routes, he will mobilise city residents to remove the barriers erected on the affected roads.
The senator accuses Governor Evans Kidero and ministry of infrastructure and roads of the national government for hurriedly implementing the changes without involving the public in accordance to the law. “These changes have worsened the traffic situation in Nairobi and I am calling on the governor and the ministry to rescind the closure of the roundabouts,” he said. Sonko says Nairobi traffic mess cannot be addressed on short term basis and instead wants overpasses built in place of roundabouts. “If they don’t open the roads affected, we will mobilise residents and they will wake up one day and find traffic flowing freely,” the senator cautioned.
Sonko says that just like many motorists, he has also been hit with the traffic jam staying in traffic for over three hours on a road he normally spend less that 30 minutes. The latest warning adds to the differences between Sonko and Kidero who have clashed severally in the past.
The judge said he will hear the case on Thursday inter parties’