In Summary

  • The operators from United Matatu Owners claim that for two weeks now, the NTSA officials conducting crackdown across the city have been arresting them and confiscating their vehicles
  • According to Ali most operators have been forced to stay at home in a bid to not get themselves on the wrong side with the NTSA officials

Matatu Operators from Kariobangi have threatened to go on strike over what they claim as extortion and harassment from National Transport and Safety Authority officers.

The operators from United Matatu Owners claim that for two weeks now, the NTSA officials conducting crackdown across the city have been arresting them and confiscating their vehicles.

Led by Adan Ali the operators say that the NTSA are extorting huge amounts from them over allegations that their vehicles are faulty.

Allegations that according to Ali they cannot prove.

“We are deeply frustrated by these NTSA officials. Most of our sacco members have been arrested and their vehicles confiscated illegally by them.

“They are mainly accusing us of not having speed governors on our vehicles. Allegations that when we get to the police station they cannot prove. Once we get to the police station, they start demanding for huge amounts of money that most of us cannot afford,” said Ali.

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Forced To Ground Vehicles

According to Ali most operators have been forced to stay at home in a bid to not get themselves on the wrong side with the NTSA officials.

“When they stay at home, this means that there is no revenue for them. Some of these vehicles are on loan some do you can imagine the stress,” he said.

Ali says that the NTSA cannot be policy makers and at the same time be the ones implementing the policies.

“There is a reason the previous regime removed them from office. This regime should also do the same because we are suffering.”

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