MATATU OPERATORS IN KENYA SET TO BEGIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE TODAY | AfriTV Online

Kenyans commuters could from today being Tuesday, 27th October, be stranded if the threat by the Association of Matatu Operators to withdraw their services is executed. Speaking in Nairobi, the association's chairperson Jamal Ibrahim said public trans...

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MATATU OPERATORS IN KENYA SET TO BEGIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE TODAY

Published by: A. Odean
10/27/2020 09:41 AM

Kenyans commuters could from today being Tuesday, 27th October, be stranded if the threat by the Association of Matatu Operators to withdraw their services is executed. Speaking in Nairobi, the association's chairperson Jamal Ibrahim said public transport operators countrywide will go on strike to protest the continued move to limit the capacity of public service vehicles (PSVs) due to the stringent Covid-19 protocols.

 

Mr Ibrahim cited the strict passenger limit restrictions as punitive, claiming that the government had neglected the matatu industry. "On Tuesday, across the country, all matatus must go on strike. I would like to tell our leaders, Hon Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, they have neglected our matatu industry," he said.

 

He added: "When they visit places, they always talk about boda boda, they talk about bars and churches but they have forgotten the Matatu Industry. The reason we are striking on Tuesday is because of capacity. Since Covid-19 hit eight months ago, they have not addressed the matatu industry urging for the resumption of full capacity."

 

He urged the government to relax Covid-19 restrictions in the matatu sector just like it had done to other industries as the operators were suffering reduced revenue.

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