Matatu Owners Association Coast region chapter has vowed to stay away from the roads until all the controversial clauses included in the famous ‘Michuki rules’ are removed.
MOA Coast region coordinator Salim Mbarak Salim said that they will only resume work if the clauses among them a continuous yellow line on all public service vehicles are expunged.
Mbarak said that such contentious clauses are only meant to swindle matatu owner monies while the policy maker and transport regulatory body NTSA clearly indicated that a broken line in both sides and at the back of matatus was per legal notice provided in 2015.
He said the conflict between Matiang’i and NTSA has yielded into a total paralysis in the public transport sector where matatu owners feel being oppressed by the Interior Cabinet Secretary and his Transport counterpart James Macharia.
Mbarak further singled out the graffiti issue that was approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta and that Matiang’i should not deny talented youth job.
“We are in an awkward position, where should we adhere to between Matiang’i rules and Michuki rules, we fully support Michuki rules but we will not be victimised following new Matiang’i rules,” he noted.
He added “How can you arrest a matatu owner while it’s a driver or a conductor who has committed an offence, where did this clause originated from?”
Mbarak said matatu owners are not on strike but cannot subject their staff to police humiliation.
“We apologise to our customers who are evidently suffering but it’s not our fault, Matiang’i should carry the blame for causing mayhem in the public transport sector,” he noted.
For a third day on Wednesday Mombasa and other parts of the Coast region have turned into a walking nation after matatu owners association withdrew its services following the implementation of Michuki rules.
However Mbarak said that if a meeting between MOA Chair Simon Kimutai, Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Transport CS James Macharia and Inspector general of police Joseph Boinett yield fruits on Wednesday they will on Thursday morning return to work.
On the other hand, Tuk tuk and Boda boda operators within Mombasa have harvested following the ongoing matatu strike where they charge Ksh. 200 per passenger from Changamwe or Bamburi to Likoni or Docks.