4 December 2012

Kenya: Commuters Stuck in Wote Town As Matatu Operators Join Strike

Public service vehicles in Makueni have joined the ongoing matatu strike to protest over the new traffic laws that came into effect on Saturday.

The strike that started yesterday morning paralysed transport in several routes across the county leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

In Wote town, passengers going to various destinations fought for the few minibuses that were available after 14 seater Matatus kept away from the bus station.

The minibuses ferried passengers to only as far as Chumbi in Makindu. Most of the passengers interviewed by the Star said the minibuses had doubled the fares and were carrying excess passengers.

Stephen Mutua, a passenger to Makindu, blamed the matatu welfare association for having waiting for the the laws to come into effect before protesting.

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