Nakuru matatu operators vow support support for BBI

Matatu operators  in Nakuru town have vowed to support Building Bridges Initiative.

Speaking on Wednesday during their peaceful  demonstrations in Nakuru town,the operators said they will rally behind the BBI.

While noting the harsh economic times since their relocation from Nakuru CBD in March this year,they called on Governor Lee Kinyanjui to be humane.

Led by their officials Stephen Muli and Francis Njoroge alias Njosh,the operators faulted the county government for taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to relocate them from CBD.

“We support BBI but we also want the President to step in and address our grievances as Matatu operators in Nakuru” said Muli from Central Rift Matatu Association.

Sentiments echoed by Town Service Matatu Association Chair Francis Njoroge who noted that the governor should stop chest thumping and listen to the sector.

The operators also submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the Riftvalley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya.

According to the operators,the MoU contains that which the President should address as far as their welfare is concerned.

Addressing the operators after receiving the MoU, Natembeya was categorical that both levels of government were in talks over the issue.

“I can assure you that both the national government and county we are deliberating on this.We call for patience” said Natembeya.

The RC also calling on Kenyans to understand what the nation went through that led to the BBI.

While noting that Riftvalley Region is a hotpot of politics, Natembeya warned politicians against inciting youths to create violence.

“Riftvalley is a region that knows what violence and conflicts can do.We therefore call on politicians to be careful with sentiments they make.The youths should also embrace cohesiveness” he said.

Matters COVID-19 pandemic were not left with RC reminding locals to continue observing MOH protocols.

Matatu officials raise alarm over ‘arrest plot’ ahead of President’s visit in Nakuru

Central Rift Matatu Association officials have raised concerns over what they term is plot to have them arrested ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit in Nakuru.

The president is expected in Nakuru to Nakuru to asses and commission several development projects.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Saturday led by their chairman Stephen Muli, the officials pointed an accusing finger at Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

They claim the governor has fear of unknown that the Matatu operators might heckle him following the recent bad blood between him and the operators due to recent removal from CBD.

However, Matatu association officials in Nakuru say they have respect for President.

Led by Central Rift Matatu Association chair Stephen Muli, they say no one can deter them from supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda and the BBI.

Muli says all the 87 Saccos with 30,000 people relying on the sector for their livelihood are in support of the same.

They have called on Governor Lee Kinyanjui to shun sideshows and ensure that all stakeholders attend President’s meetings in Nakuru.

“We have information that the county government wants to bar us from attending the President’s meeting to asses development projects in Nakuru. We condemn such move with strongest terms possible” said Muli.

Nakuru town Matatu service association chair Francis Njoroge alias Njosh says they have respect for President and the Big four agenda.

He adds that they have been in support of the President as well as the recently released BBI report.

They have vowed to attend the forthcoming President’s meetings in Nakuru and listen to what he has for Nakuru as his supporters.

“We have been strong supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta as Matatu supporters and we cannot be barred from his meetings through intimidations” said Njoroge.

Similar sentiments echoed by Vice chair Central Rift Matatu Association Peter Wambugu.

He says governor has no authority to bar anyone from attending the meeting of the President in Nakuru.

But an official from the county government of Nakuru who did not want to be mentioned due to protocol termed the Matatu association officials’ claims as mere politics that the governor cannot engage in.

There has been a conflict between the County government of Nakuru and Matatu operators since April when they were relocated from Central Business to new stages at Kwa Jack,Ziwani and KFA.

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