In Summary

  • The motorists who ply various say that their incomes have reduced drastically and that they are barely taking anything home
  • We are unable to fend for our families, our children are staying at home because I cannot afford school fee for them

A number of matatu operators operating in various parts of Nairobi County are protesting the high cost of fuel.

The motorists who ply various say that their incomes have reduced drastically and that they are barely taking anything home.

Husein Abdi an operator plying the Allsops route says that before the review, they would take home at least Ksh. 1,000 everyday, now they are barely making Ksh. 250 per day.

“From this bus stop to Allsops where I am going, I will use fuel that will cost me Ksh. 1,000, before the fuel used to cost Ksh. 200 only. If I charge the passengers Ksh. 50 which is the highest I can charge, then I will only make Ksh. 650. These Kamageras also demand Ksh. 100 per trip. So you see, I am already making loses,’ said Hussein.

Living in debts

Hussein says that they are unable to fend for their families their children are staying at home because I cannot afford school fee for them.

“Our wives are actually leaving us because they have nothing to eat at home. Ningekuwa naweza kuroga hii serikali, ningeiroga,” said Abdi.

Erastus Gathua another operators says that the high cost of living has forced them to live in debts.

“We are living in debts because of the high cost of living. We cannot pay rent, neither can we pay school fees,” he said.

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