The infamous Michuki rules are supposed to officially start being put into use as from next week Monday 12th, October and by the look of things many commuters might once again find themselves stranded come Monday.
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One of the rules emphasized by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet in a recent interview on Citizen TV was the removal of graffiti on all public transport vehicles and most of them up to now still have the ‘illegal’ graffiti.
Matatu operators have vowed to defy the directive even as some of the matatus have already been impounded. Association of Matatu Operators (Nairobi CBD) chairman Jamal Ibrahim has come out to state that they are not going to follow Boinnet’s order. Through him, they want to know how graffiti on PSVs affects road safety.
Boinnets sentiments have been disregarded from the start as many are arguing that graffiti is a source of livelihood to the artists and it is also a Kenyan Culture. With both sides vowing to stay put we can only wait to see which side wins.
One thing is for sure though, if there is a crackdown takes place as earlier stated then routes like Kitengela, Umoja and Rongai will have many passengers stranded for lack of PSVs to travel in.
The new rules require all matatus to have only one color and a continuous yellow line, be fitted with speed governors and safety belts.