Just a day after calling off their strike following a meeting with government ministries, matatu operators have once again on Tue 27th Oct 2020 issued a fresh strike notice. – By Enock Mukoma.
The Matatu Operators Association are pushing the government to address a raft of issues, that they claim have adversely affected the sector including the 60% capacity directive that they want scrapped.
The Chairperson of the Matatu and Bodaboda Operators Federation, Kushian Muchiri dwemanded that the trains and aeroplanes be banned from carrying full capacity if the PSV ban is still in effect.
“We are giving the government up to Tuesday next week which either rail or air should carry 60% or matatus will carry 100% full capacity.
The operators also lamented the payment of varying fees to operate in the CBD since the takeover by the NMS.
Matatu Operators in Nairobi CBD chairman, Jamal Ibrahim, however, expressed optimism that the government would relook into the capacity issue after a successful meeting with the ministry of transport officials
“We had a meeting with officials from the Ministries of Transport and Interior who asked for a week to sort out capacity issue so we decided to call off the strike.” Jamal concluded.