Matatu Owners Association now says that it will be difficult for them to reduce fares following the return of night travels.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News the association’s Chairman Simon Kimutai says the fuel prices are high and that Matatu operators are still grappling with losses and effects of Covid-19.
‘‘We will be telling lies when we tell them that fares will go down …. I want to ask the government to first implement fuel policies that will ensure this commodity is stable …we are still struggling with operational costs and reducing fares is not an option right now,’’ Kimutai said.
‘‘The government should also give out some stipends to small scale traders to boost their business…when they grow we in matatu industry also grow because we depend on them.’’ Kimutai said.
He further applauded the government’s move to allow night travel saying many jobs have been saved.
‘‘We are very happy with the return of night travel and we must thank government for this…many have gained their job back drivers, operators are all back and our customers can also go about their business as usual,’’ Kimutai said.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia last week gave public service vehicles the okay to operate at night after the president lifted the dusk to dawn curfew.
Macharia however stated that the COVID-19 containment measures issued by the Ministry of Health must be adhered to.
“We are encouraging members of the transport fraternity to embrace Covid-19 vaccination in line with the sector,” Macharia said.
“I thank the leadership and the workers in the transport sector for their relentless support to the government efforts of mitigating he spread of Covid-19 virus,” he said.
‘‘Am very happy with the return of night travel…many of our passengers can now travel to various destinations at night. It is a plus to our business and we must applaud president Uhuru Kenyatta for that ease,” an operator at Machakos Country Bus told Ghetto Radio News.
BY ALLAN OTIENO
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