London Ward MCA Anthony Wachira Nzuki has taken on Governor Lee Kinyanjui for failures he blames in the Governor’s office.
Addressing the press at the newly constructed matatu termini at Railways Grounds, the UDA MCA blamed the governor for the continued woes facing matatu people and other related stakeholders.
“Since they were removed out of town, the matatu operators have fallen more and more into poverty due to bad business,” said Nzuki.
“Taxis which are being allowed to get into the CBD have taken over the matatu business to the detriment of matatu operators,” added the MCA.
Lately, many people coming to town have preferred using taxis which drop them along Kenyatta Avenue or other preferred places within the CBD. This has eaten a lot into the matatu business.
Nzuki alleges that a cartel within the Governor’s office has been demanding money from matatu operators to be allocated space at the new matatu stage. The selling price according to Nzuki is between Kshs. 200,000 to 300,000.
“I don’t know whether the governor is aware that matatu stages are being sold to matatu operators by a clique of cartels from his office.”
Some of those mentioned by the London MCA include a Mr. Wambugu, Nakuru County Trade Director Mr. Onyango, County Enforcement officer Mr. Wathika, Chief Officer for PSM Mr. Githinji and the Chief of Staff Mr. Gichuhi.
“Governor Lee we don’t want petty fights with you but we are tired of you. You never involve nor consult the people and stakeholders,” Nzuki accused the Governor.
The new matatu stage was to be opened by President Uhuru on the day he came to Nakuru to award a city charter. However, there was a lot of hostility which led to that bit being removed from the program. Since they were moved out of town, there has been a lot of bad blood between the Governor and the matatu operators. At no point has he taken time to engage with them on an amicable solution or way forward according to Nakuru Matatus chairman Mr. Steve Muli.
“We demand that you come and meet with the relevant stakeholders in this stage on Monday. Failure to that, on Tuesday we shall all come to this new matatu stage and allocate it to ourselves,” the angry MCA threatened.