5 February 2013

Kenya: Matatu Owners Condemn Illegal Fares

THE Matatu Owners Association Mombasa branch has warned operators plying the Bamburi route against charging commuters illegal fares.

Speaking to the press yesterday, MOA Coast regional coordinator Salim Mbarak said it is illegal to drop passengers halfway through their journey.

The operators break the Bamburi- Likoni, Bamburi-Docks and Bamburi- King'orani routes into two, forcing commuters to alight at either Zam Zam or Lights before picking them again and charging them for the second time.

The passengers end up paying Sh70 instead of Sh50. Mbarak urged commuters to report such matatus to traffic police. Coast traffic boss Joshua Omukata said though the new traffic rules are silent on the "failing to reach destination offence", it is still a crime.

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