Transport services in Nanyuki town have resumed after Laikipia East MP Mwangi Kiunjuri brokered an agreement between matatu owners and the council over a parking fee. The services were paralysed on Wednesday after Nanyuki Municipal Council officials closed down the main bus park. However, Kiunjuri, the Public Works assistant minister, urged the two groups to avoid confrontation over the matter. "You saw what happened in this country in the years 2007/2008. The best way to resolve differences is to consult each other," Said Kiunjuri. The council askaris accompanied by police officers closed down the bus park at 5am. This was after the matatu operators in the town refused to pay parking fees to the council starting this month.
Speaking to the press, Nanyuki matatu operators chairperson Mwaniki Gichere said they refused to remit the fee "because the council has failed to offer services to us and the travellers." They protested lack of public toilets and sheds for travellers at the bus park. Gichere told reporters after the meeting that the council had agreed to look into their grievances. "Since they have pledged to address the issues that made us down our tools, we are resuming to work and will also pay the parking fee in full," said Gichere.
During the stand-off, 14 vehicles were impounded by the police and towed to the Nanyuki police station but were later released after the agreement.However, reliable information has it that the differences arose after a public commuter company was allocated a carrying bay in the park. Sources said 2NK company was allocate the bay against the wishes of their rivals.