Matatu operators have threatened to go on strike tomorrow to protest against a National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) rule that slaps a blanket suspension on all public service vehicles of a sacco when one of them commits a traffic offence.
The Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) claims that the collective punishment is harsh.
Speaking to Kama, a tout on the Kiambu-Town route, he says they will strike.
“Kesho tunagoma. Hata tukiona taxi akifanya kazi, tunachoma! Fanyeni kazi leo, kesho mjipange.”
Addressing a press conference in Nairobi on Saturday, MWA chairperson Dickson Mbugua demanded the removal of NTSA Director-General Francis Meja.
The protest follows the suspension of Embassava Sacco after one of its drivers caused a crash on Jogoo Road.
NTSA Road Safety Director Mathew Munyao, however, defended the regulator, saying matatu saccos should ensure all their staff comply with traffic rules.
“If they don’t want suspensions then they should comply with the law,” he said.
He said Embassava Sacco was issued with a letter stating the conditions they should meet for the suspension to be lifted.
“They had not met other conditions and this was discovered during investigations after the crash. They need to fix the management problem in the sacco and also do capacity building for their staff,” he said.
For all matatu users whether going to class or work, we will just have to cross our fingers and see how the situation will be tomorrow.