The public transport sector will from Monday cautiously operate at full capacity after a nod from the government on Friday.
The government through the Transport Ministry is in admittance that the country needs to open up its economy and struggle to fight back the Covid-19 virus.
Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Chris Obure however, said the public transport sector stakeholders need to be very vigilant and abide with all the Ministry of health interventions and protocols so as to tame further spread of Covid-19 virus.
“We don’t have options but to slowly open the economy, however, we want the players in the sector to be extra vigilant,” reiterated Obure.
Speaking in Mombasa on Sunday, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir said the move to open the public transport sector was long overdue.
He said many public transport companies shut down following the drastic measures that also saw many Kenyans laid off from work.
The 60% capacity among other measures were imposed by the government in March, 2020.
Nassir, in the company of ODM Leader Raila Odinga at the Anglican Church in Mombasa on Sunday said Kenyans are suffering following such tough measures that have not contained the spread of Covid-19 virus.
“You reduce the number of passengers, then you go an extra mile and ban night travel because of the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew, how do you even expect these investors and Kenyans to survive?” posed the Mvita MP.
Nassir says he has been pushing for the reopening of the economy after his own assessment following complaints from transport stakeholders.
“I have a responsibility to salvage the situation, and since Kenyans are looking forward to such interventions from their leaders, then we have no option but to tirelessly work for them,” Said the Public Investments Committee Chairperson.
Nassir said he still has more critical issues to push on the floor of the house until the government implement various practical ways of economically cushioning Kenyans from the Covid-19 threats.
Recently, Nassir met with the public transport stakeholders in Mombasa who tasked him to salvage the daring economic situation as most of their businesses were grounded by the stringent measures from the government.
On his part, ODM Leader Raila Odinga said he is closely working with ODM MP’s to ensure the government gradually opens up the economy.
“The government is trying but we want it to try harder in ensuring the economy circle is back to normal,” said Raila.