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Monday, 24 Apr 2017 14:21 EAT
The two main matatu cooperatives on the Kangundo-Nairobi road have raised concerns over alleged assault of their staff from members of the Eastern Bypass Travellers Investment (EBTI) hence protesting against allocation of permit to carry passengers from the Kangundo Bus terminal. The Kam and Makata Sacco are claiming that the EBTI Sacco had hired goons who physically assaulted and chased away their members from the designated stage at Caltex in Umoja.
The two Saccos downed their tools in protest of a letter from Chief Officer Decentralized Units and County Administration allocating the EBTI Sacco the Kangundo Bus terminal. Makata Sacco chairperson Duncan Mbithi said there had been a meeting in Machakos between the EBTI Sacco and Chief Officer Decentralized Units and County Administration at the Machakos county government whereby they agreed that the EBTI Sacco would send away the goons who have been terrorizing them in Umoja before agreeing to share the Kangundo Bus terminal with them.
"Our members have been physically assaulted and chased away from Caltex in Umoja where they pick passengers by goons hired by the EBTI Sacco and we had a meeting with their representatives and the Chief Officer and we agreed that they would send away the goons before we decide to share the Kangundo Bus terminal with them," said Mr Mbithi.
Kam Sacco chairperson Langi Muthiani added that they are reading mischief from the Chief Officer and Kangundo and Matungulu sub-county administrators for going against the agreement in Machakos to allocate the EBTI space at the Kangundo Bus terminal. He added that they will not allow the EBTI to pick passengers at the Kangundo Bus terminal until the Caltex issue is well addressed saying that the letter issued to EBTI allocating them space at the terminal should be revoked until the Caltex problem is resolved.
"We are reading mischief from the Chief Officer and Kangundo and Matungulu subcounty administrators for issuing a letter to EBTI Sacco allocating them space at the Kangundo Bus terminal, which is against the Machakos agreement," said Mr Muthiani.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press