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Saloon car owners operating PSVs want recognition



Over 1,000 saloon car owners operating as Public Service Vehicle operators in Nanyuki and its environs have called on the government to allow them back on the roads after they were ejected during the recent crackdown aimed at streamlining the Matatu industry.

The operators from 18 Saccos based in Nanyuki, Timau, Narumoro, Matanya and Kanyoni among others said they were ready to comply with the Michuki rules.

Speaking in Nanyuki after a consultative meeting the operators led by David Koech expressed concern over the losses they have incurred following the impounding of their vehicles some of which have been bought using bank loans.

Meanwhile, in Migori, a section  of Jubilee  and NASA  legislators  have asked the  Interior CS  Dr. Fred Matiangi  to  allow  the  Toyota  probox vehicles to operate as public service vehicles.

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Led by Kuria East MP Kitayama Marwa , Uriri   MP Mark  Ogolla Nyamitta and Oscar Sudi  of  Kapsaret, the  MPs  said enforcement of the  Michuki rules have rendered several youths jobless and hopeless.

They expressed fears that some of the youths who have been working in the affected on the Probox vehicles could resort to crime in order to survive.

Elsewhere, Stakeholders in the Matatu industry in Murang’a County have agreed to observe the law during the festive season as a way of curbing road accidents.

In a meeting held at the County Commissioner’s office, they however cried foul over the ongoing crackdown which they said caught some of them unaware since some of the laws are not clear.

They accused some enforcement officers of making arbitrary arrests and impounding vehicles without explaining the reasons for their actions. They further resolved not to bribe police officers.

A Sacco Vice Chairman Francis Manyeki said all along the sector has been surviving through bribes but said in this new era no operator should continue engaging in the vice.

On his part, Murang’a County commissioner John Elung’ata promised to address some of their concerns to ensure they get a good environment to do business.

However, he cautioned them against failure to adhere to the laws, saying it would lead to arrests.