Matatu owners laud Governor Kihika’s directive of waiver on parking fee

Stakeholders in the transport industry in Nakuru County have welcomed with joy Governor Susan Kihika’s directive of a 100 percent waiver on all unpaid parking charges for the period running up to August this year amounting to Sh142 million.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Tuesday, the stakeholders in the county6 lauded Kihika for remembering the sector which they argued has suffered a major blow in the past regimes.

Led by Central-Rift Matatu Owners Association’s Chair Stephen Muli, they said the move will go a long way in cushioning them from the harsh economic terms they have been through in the past.

Muli noted that Governor Kihika has started on a good note by first steps of implementing the agreement between her administration and transport sector as agreed.

They have vowed to support the current administration in delivering what is needed and was promised during the campaigns.

“We are happy as a sector that our Governor has already started implementing some of the issues we had agreed to. The waiver of parking fee for the sector up to August is something that we are happy about and we vow our total support to her leadership” said Muli.

Similar sentiments echoed by the business community in Nakuru led by Bishop Isaac Kariuki and Simon Ole Nasieku from the hawkers Association.

The duo stated that the transport sector is key in the transformation of the economy of the cosmopolitan county.

They lauded Governor Kihika for stepping in and ensuring that the welfare of the sector is addressed.

“We know that the economy of this county relies more on the transport sector. We thank our Governor for having this sector at heart and time is now for everyone to join hands in delivering” they said.

It should be  noted that beside the parking fee waiver for matatus in the public transport sector, Kihika announced the appointment of a taskforce that is mandated to look into, among other things, the operational challenges faced by the sector and give appropriate remedies for immediate action.

The task force will be chaired by the county secretary and shall have membership from the public transport and the security sector.

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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