13 November 2018

Kenya: Normalcy Slowly Returning to Roads After Matatus End Boycott

Normalcy slowly returned to most city roads on Tuesday morning after a day of pain and chaos that saw most matatu operators and owners withdraw their vehicles from roads in a country-wide strike.

On Monday evening, the Matatu Transport Vehicles Association Secretary-General Richard Kanoru had announced that members of the organisation will comply with the 2013 Traffic Act and would be back on the road Tuesday morning.

At the Githurai 45 bus terminus, commuters could not hide their joy after matatus resumed operations and charged normal prices.

"I am really happy unlike yesterday when I spent Sh 300 to town today I have just paid Sh 50. I really appreciate the move by matatu owners to bring the vehicles back to the roads," said Alice Omambi.

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She said that she was forced to leave work earlier than usual only to get stranded in town for lack of vehicles.

Things were not different on The Thika-Nairobi route where passengers were asked to part with Sh70 normalfare.

Mr James Kihara expressed his joy saying that the move by matatu operators to call off the strike had been fruitful to commuters.

"Yesterday was a disaster at least today things are different and I can reach at work in time," said Mr Kihara.

He also asked matatu operators to follow rules which are aimed at enhancing road safety.

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