The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NAMATA) has been created under State Corporations Act by President Kenyatta to address challenges in the transport sector. This is as a result of continuous presidential interventions and directives issued since 2013 that are geared towards redefining the country’s capital as well as the wider Metropolitan Area.
According to a published post, the Authority will cover the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Murang’a.NAMATA is a policy intervention aimed at providing a comprehensive and dynamic platform for addressing the decades-old challenges in the transport sector that have affected the Metropolitan Area. The Authority will also come up with sustainable integrated public transport strategy that will be the basis for the orderly development of the proposed Metropolitan Area mass-transit system, which incorporates both bus rapid-transit and commuter rail.
This intervention is in line with a wider plan by government to improve Kenya’s transport infrastructure to spur economic and social development.
The creation of the body is based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between the National Government and the county governments of Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’a, Machakos and Kajiado. These areas in the last three decades have experienced growth hence the need to consider a proper sufficient and sustainable transport options for the area’s visitors and residents.