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“We will not strike but hike fares” Matatu Owners say

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Matatu Owners Association has stated that they will not go on strike over the new tax levies on fuel but instead hike fares.

Yesterday a matatu protest planned by the Kenya Motorists Association failed to take place with matatu operators giving it a wide berth.

Speaking to Ghetto Radio News  Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai says the call for strike by the Mortorist association of Kenya was  ill-advised and is not best way to pursue the matter.

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‘‘You can not tell motorists to pack their vehicles on the highway and affect everyone yet you know the people who intends to hike the prices,that cant be a solution,’’ Kimutai stated.

According to him all MOA members will just hike the fares immediately the new fuel prices take effect on September 1st.

‘‘We have advised our members to spread the burden across but not to exploit the passengers places like Nairobi we only increase 10 shillings in the normal charges.’’  He added.

The government intends to impose additional 16% VAT on all petroleum products beginning next month.