Matatu operators call for nationwide matatu strike starting Monday


Matatu operators call for nationwide matatu strike starting Monday

In Summary

  • The federation's chairman Edwin Mukabana said that their decision follows the directive given on Friday by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.
  • The Federation now says they have written to the Ministry of Transport asking them to clarify on a section of the set requirements adding that they will only return to work after their grievances have been addressed.

The Federation of Public Transport operators has called for a nationwide matatu strike starting Monday contesting the enforcement of “Michuki rules” .

Addressing the the media, the Federation’s chairman Edwin Mukabana said that their decision follows the directive given on Friday by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

The Federation now says they have written to the Ministry of Transport asking them to clarify on a section of the set requirements adding that they will only return to work after their grievances have been addressed.

In a function attended by Transport James Macharia, PS Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Matiang’i said that the crackdown is aimed at restoring sanity on Kenyan roads.

Matiang’i and Macharia have given a grace period of two weeks for all stakeholders to comply with the new rules.

On Monday, Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru termed the citywide matatu crackdown that started on Sunday morning as “just” a rehearsal in readiness for the return of the Michuki rules next week.

The traffic boss warned matatu operators who have not met the set requirements to act appropriately or keep their vehicles at home.

The crackdown paralysed transport in many parts of Nairobi forcing commuters to seek other means of transportation.

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