Kisii matatu operators to defy nationwide strike



Matatu operators in Kisii say they will defy a directive by the Matatu Welfare Association to keep off the roads on Monday to protest a government crackdown on non compliant vehicles.

The operators say those in the sector should support the government in taming the skyrocketing road accidents in the country.

The government has vowed to undertake a major crackdown beginning Monday on vehicles flouting traffic rules.

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It will not be business as usual on Monday in Nairobi and other parts of the country if the matatu operators live up to their threats.

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The operators have vowed to keep off the roads in protest of a crackdown on non compliant vehicles.

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But matatu operators in Kisii are pulling on a different direction, as they have distanced themselves from the planned strike.

According to Samson Mainya who is the vice chairperson of the association, the crackdown on non-compliant vehicles was a sure way of curbing road carnage in the country.

His sentiments were echoed by the association’s secretary James Nyangaresi, who lashed out at those set for the strike, claiming they had failed to follow simple requirements.

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The Matatu welfare Association has vowed to paralyze public transport in Nairobi on Monday, by pulling out their vehicles from  the roads to protest impending crackdown by the government.

Interior Minister Fred Matiangi has vowed a major swoop on non complaint vehicles.


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