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Matatu operators differ over fare hikes as Fuel prices go up


Matatu  operators seem not to be on the same page when it comes to hiking fare or not with more of the operators opting to increase the same.

In a stakeholder meeting held on Monday , a section of operators agreed to hike fares with 20% for long distance vehicles while those operating within Nairobi and the neighboring counties to increase their fare by 20 shillings.

Matatu Operators  Association chairman Jimal Imbrahim says they will not charge any passenger less than 20 shiilings  and that  they will ensure all their members adhere to the new charges.

‘‘For us we are going to use the business language to solve this matter and as we speak we have increased our fare with 20 shilling within Nairobi and I will ensure all saccos adhere to that,’’ Said Jimal.

Matatu Transport Vehicle association secretary general Kanoru Wambugu is not of the same opinion arguing that  their customers will be highly affected.

‘‘Hiking  fare is not an option it’s the Wanjiku who we carry in our vehicles who will suffer most and therefore the government should move with speed and reverse the 16% VAT imposed on petroleum products.’’ Kanoru stated.

The two organizations have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta  who is currently  in China to quickly reverse the fuel prices, and save the  impending ‘danger economy’.