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.