Matatu Strike Shakes Nairobi


decease geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Police boss David Kimaiyo said he had “ordered all police in Nairobi to tow all vehicles blocking the road or causing obstruction” to be taken to police stations and traffic headquarters.

He further said “the motorist grievances can be heard without blocking or obstructing the road to other road users, this heinous act will not be tolerated.”

The protest, which saw thousands of Nairobi dwellers walk to work today, followed claims by matatu operators that Nairobi County Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero had made a u-turn on his commitment to ensure the parking fees are reduced.

Currently, taxis are charged a monthly tax of Kshs5, 000 up from Sh2, 200 while 42 passenger carriers have seen their dues increased from Ksh3, 000 to Ksh8, 000.

Efforts by the transport operators to have the charges trimmed down have since met stiff resistance from government.

Kidero said: “I have met with the public transport stakeholders and urged them to end the strike before we continue with talks. Inconvenience is regretted.”

Operators threatened a countrywide strike if their complaints are not satisfactorily addressed.


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