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Nassir vows to streamline Mombasa public transport sector

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[Mombasa Gubernatorial aspirant Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir riding of a tuktuk within Mombasa streets. Photo/Abbas Omar].

Mombasa Gubernatorial aspirant Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has promised to streamline the public transport sector in the county in a bid to accommodate the new modes of public means of transport.

Nassir singled out the Tuk tuk and Bodaboda as critical arm if the public transport that has employed hundreds of youth and should not be ignored.

Addressing over 600 tuktuk operators in Mombasa, Nassir noted that the complaints received from the operators including that of lack of specific stages for the operators to pick and drop passengers will be deliberated in-depth and an amicable solution reached.

“I have heard all the concerns and I promise you that we will work together when I sail into leadership come August,9th during the general elections,” noted Mr Nassir.

Nassir who is vying for the Mombasa Governorship seat on an ODM ticket has further said he will deploy specific county officials who will be updating him on the daily operations of the entire public sector so that proper actions can be taken from a unison perspective.

He further said that no tuktuk operator should be harassed either by the county Askaris or traffic police officers as claimed by the operators.

Lack of specific tuktuk is purely a planning issue that needs an all-inclusive deliberation between the county government, the traffic department and the tuktuk operators so that the emerging challenges are contained,” added the Mvita MP.

Service

According to Nassir, the incoming county government will work with the people at the grassroots level so that they get the required services without toiling.

Nassir’s assurance to the tuk tuk operators come after series of complaints from the operators who urged Nassir to intervene and shelve them off the burden of harassment.

Through their Association’s Chairperson Benjamin Ochwango, the operators decried how Mombasa county Askaris have been demanding bribes from whenever they drop or pick passengers along the streets.

“All these problems we are facing are as a result of lack of specific tuktuk stages to enable us pick or drop our passengers. Both the county Askaris and traffic police officers have been demanding money or tow our tuktuks to the central police station,” lamented Ochwango.

However, Nassir said their cry will be a thing of the past if they unite and work with him with a single objective of forming the next Mombasa county government so that their plights are amicably addressed.