7 March 2014

Kenya: Nairobi to Crack Down On Matatu Cartels

Photo: Capital FM
Taxis in Nairobi block the road protesting against the increase in parking fees.

The Nairobi government yesterday said it will rein in and rid the city of matatu cartels. On Wednesday, matatus went on strike and paralysed transport in the city. Roads executive Evans Ondiek said they are working on restructuring the transport sector in the city. He said the county government is putting in place measures to improve transport in Nairobi.

Ondiek said the restructuring will streamline transport in the city. "Cartels have no place. They will be rendered irrelevant once our plans are implemented," he said.

Ondiek said the county government is grateful to matatu operators who returned their vehicles to the roads yesterday. He said nobody is above the law and in future, matatu operators should learn how to resolve disputes amicably.

On Wednesday afternoon, minority leader Abdi Guyo told the assembly that Governor Evans Kidero should not allow matatu operators to hoodwink the county government. "We passed the Finance Bill. If the matatu operators have issues, the budget committee can look into that," Guyo said.

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