In what could be deemed as major puzzle at the Likoni ferry channel, transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has ordered all ferry users to cross the channel while inside vehicles
In the order issued on Wednesday, Macharia directed Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Khamis Bakari Gowa to only allow those inside vehicles to cross the channel.
The order that was not implemented by Thursday morning has caused a lot of confusion as no matatu is providing crossing services at either side.
The matatus operators if subjected to toll charges by KFS management they will not provide such services.
The public transport service has already hiked fares.
Matatu Owners Association Coast branch Coordinator Salim Mbarack Salim said the reduction of passengers to only 8 in a 14 seater Matatu prompted the hike.
Meanwhile the Coast regional Coordinator John Elungata has disclosed that all safety and health guidelines have been put in place at the channel to prevent Coronavirus outbreak
Speaking to journalists at the Likoni ferry channel on Wednesday, Elungata said apart from washing their hands, passengers will not be congested in a single ferry but will remain one metre apart to avert the global health crisis.
“I urge all ferry users to be patient and persevere with the situation, it is a temporary measure,” he said.
Meanwhile in his Wednesday evening address to the Nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a take over of the Kenya Ferry services by the Kenya Coast guard.
The confirmed Coronavirus cases in the country stands at 28 after three more cases were confirmed on Wednesday.