Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i has said that the war on unruly matatus, which begins on Monday, will be a long journey aimed at restoring law and order in the transport sector.
Speaking during a meeting with 47 County traffic commandants, Matiang'i said the crack down on Matatus will ensure order and good management of the transport sector in the country. "We are going to carry out the crackdown to restore order and good management of the transport sector in our country, " said Dr. Matiang'iMatiang'i warned that if action won't be taken, we will be "institutionalising lawlessness in our country. "
Car insurance The CS also lashed at companies providing insurance services to public service vehicles (PSVs). He warned that the companies risk losing their license if they fail to comply with the law. "This public transport thing has slowly grown into some sort of monster... We are not going to carry anyone’s burden; we will go after some of these insurance companies even if it means taking away their licenses," said the CS.
Matiang'i added that the society is at risk for not following the set rules and regulations in the transport sector. "Police commanders in this audience know the pain & trouble we are going through because of bodaboda operators across the country; if we don't make firm decisions to bring ourselves back to order we will lose our societies. " He said. The CS was accompanied by his Transport counterpart CS James Macharia. The crack down on Matatus come in wake of fresh implementation of the long forgotten michuki laws. The ministry of Transport issued a one month notice to all public service vehicles to have the laws implemented by November 12. However, traffic officers started the crack a week earlier, a the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet termed ' just a rehearsal. 'Matatu owners through their chairman Kimtai complained following the ambush, but Boinnet warned them that come Monday, who goes against the law will be spared. The IG also warned that the crack down will be rough.