Stand off as Matatus owners go on strike following crackdown

Matatus stand off
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Majority of Kenyans remain stranded from various bus stage across the country following a crackdown on Matatus that do not comply with Michuki rules. 

Matatu owners have vowed to keep off the roads in major towns, especially in Nairobi, saying the "crackdown is not being implemented in good faith."

Issues with NTSA

They said that they will not go back to the roads untill certain issues have been dealt with. 

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The issues that the federation wants to be looked at by the ministry of transport include, the directive on arrest and prosecution of drivers, owners and saccos/companies, banning of registered drivers and conductors uniform and graffiti. 

They argue that those are issues already agreed upon by NTSA and Kenya Industrial Property Institute.

The federation is made up of Matatu Owners Association (MOA), Matatu Welfare Association (MWA), Association of Matatu Operators, Association of Bus Operators Kenya and Mt Kenya Matatu Owners Association, Association of Matatu Owners and Matatu Transport Vehicles Association.

However, the traffic team is set to overlook the crackdown, with at least 4,000 traffic officers reinforced by another 10,000 police officers for the success of the crackdown.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i maintains his stance on the crackdown, saying that there would be no backing down on the move to restore sanity in the transport sector.

On Sunday, the CS said that the Government will not be cowed by threats from PSV operators to keep off the roads following the crackdown.

Nairobi MPs have also took issues with the ministry of transport and internal security, saying they will summon CS James Macharia, Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, over the crackdown. 

Michuki laws were enacted and implemented in 2002, by the late Transport Minister John Michuki. 

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