Matatu Operators Plan Protests Against NTSA Officers Over Bribery

People were forced to walk to work when matatus went on strike in 2011

A section of residents in Nairobi has sent a passionate appeal to roads and transport CS James Macharia to engage stakeholders to find a workable solution that will avert the planned strike

By The Weekly Vision Online

The public transport sector could soon suffer a major paralysis if the planned strike by matatu operators this Wednesday goes ahead. According to the matatu owners’ association, they are disturbed by the constant crackdown by the National Traffic Safety Authority (NTSA) claiming that officers from the agency demand big amounts of cash in bribes.

Matatu operators staged a major strike last in the year 2011, paralysing movements in the city and the entire nation to a standstill. The strike was against the Michuki rules. The players have since the year started engaged NTSA in a cat and mouse game. The strike in 2011 soon collapsed after several days with Mr Michuki having the last laugh!

A section of residents in Nairobi has sent a passionate appeal to roads and transport CS James Macharia to engage stakeholders to find a workable solution that will avert the planned strike. Residents said matatus serve a huge population of working-class people, especially in Nairobi and peri-urban centres most of who live from hand to mouth. 

“Any disrupt in normal life at a time the country is still trying to cope with the post covid 19 paralyzing lock-down is unacceptable, to say the least.

They said any disruption to the already ailing economy that has seen fuel prices sky-rocket would badly harm wananchi and the country in general considering hectic times in election campaigns. “We urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to reign in NTSA and avert the planned strike by all means,” they said.

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