‘Strike for as long as you want,’ defiant Matiang’i tells matatu owners


Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i speaking during a tour of the motor vehicle inspection unit ...
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i speaking during a tour of the motor vehicle inspection unit at Likoni Road in Nairobi, where he was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The CS dared the matatu operators to remain on strike for as long as they want, adding that those PSVs not in operation risk having their licenses revoked.
  • Matiang'i further put on notice matatu operators who have resorted to hiking fares to make a killing from the transport crisis occasioned by the PSV strike.
  • He further dismissed concerns that the crackdown is a knee-jerk reaction and would not stand the test of time.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared that the government will not relent in the latest crackdown to streamline the transport sector in the country.

Speaking on Monday in Nairobi, Dr. Matiang’i dismissed the move by public service vehicle (PSV) operators to withdraw their vehicles from the roads to protest the re-introduction of the ‘Michuki’ transport rules as sideshows.

The CS dared the matatu operators to remain on strike for as long as they want, adding that those PSVs not in operation risk having their licenses revoked.

“Let us stop these monkey games where everybody thinks they can get their way around. We all must go back to order and we are not relenting on this matter. Those who want to keep away their vehicles at home as long as they please,” said Matiang’i.

“The Transport CS has instructed the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to review licenses of those Saccos that are not operating today… When you are licensed you are supposed to do a business not blackmail people.”

The Interior CS was speaking during a tour of the motor vehicle inspection unit at Likoni Road in Nairobi, where he was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

Matiang’i further put on notice matatu operators who have resorted to hiking fares to make a killing from the transport crisis occasioned by the PSV strike.

“Some of those vehicles doubling fares on their routes will lose their licenses today. I can assure you that,” said the CS.

He further dismissed concerns that the crackdown is a knee-jerk reaction and would not stand the test of time.

“We must go back to an orderly way of life. We are not doing this campaign for a month or two. We expected that they would do these kind of games of withdrawing vehicles from the roads and so on,” said Matiang’i.

“These laws have been there. There is nothing we have invented. Everyone must live by the law. This time round we are not playing those games of let’s meet or give us more time.”

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