Up to Sh100 million lost during Obama visit, matatu lobby says

Matatu operators in Nairobi say they lost up to Sh100 million after the weekend lockdown imposed during US president Barack Obama’s visit.

Chairman of the Matatu Welfare Association, Dickson Mbugua, said the operators are counting losses estimated at between Sh80 and Sh100 million for the three days Mr Obama was in Nairobi.

In a telephone interview with the Business Daily, Mr Mbugua said closure of most major roads leading into the Central Business District (CBD) meant public passenger vehicles could not drop or pick up passengers.

“The closure of a number of key roads was a big blow to matatu operators as we lost millions of shillings within the three days that Mr Obama was in the country,” said Mr Mbugua.