November 25th 2017

Top Stories / National

Passengers stranded as matatu operators strike over police harassment

They said the corrupt traffic Police Officers who operate along their routes were interfering with their operations while favouring their rival Saccos.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 27 Jun 2017 17:22 EAT

The KINATWA SACCO Matatu

Passengers to various destinations in the country’s Lower Eastern were this morning stranded at Nairobi’s Afya Centre after matatu operators downed their tools.

The striking workers of KINATWA Sacco who included drivers and conductors accused the traffic Police for oppressing them and other poor working conditions.

They said the corrupt traffic police officers who operate along their routes were interfering with their operations while favouring their rival Saccos. They said unless this is stopped, they were will be forced out of business.

The 12 passenger matatus connect Nairobi with Kitui, Machakos  and Makueni Counties. The stranded passengers said that they were inconvenienced by the striking matatu operators which made them suffer a lot as they were forced to cancel their journey or else seek other means of transport.

They said the situation was not fair for them and requested the Sacco to resume back and continue offering reliable services to them. On the other hand the Matatu operators said that they will continue with the strike until their grievances are addressed effectively.

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