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Commissioner orders arrest of PSV operators who inflate fares

22 April 2014, 16:03 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa has ordered the arrest of public service vehicle (PSV) operators who have been overcharging passengers in Mombasa.

The County Commissioner said people will not be left to suffer in the hands of a few individuals in the matatu sector, saying that inflating fares is illegal.

Speaking at the Mombasa police headquarters during a meeting with officials from the Mombasa Matatu owners Association, Marwa ordered the traffic department to intervene and bring to book those going against the directive.

“How can you charge local mwananchi two hundred shillings for the same distance they have been paying twenty shillings? This is madness and we are not going to allow it,” said Marwa.

“If they feel that they cannot charge the normal fares, let them keep their vehicles away from the roads. This is corruption of the highest order and these people should be arrested,” he added.

On his side, the Secretary General of Mombasa Matatu Owners Association, Sammy Gitau also said the hiking of fares is illegal.

“If one wants to increase his working hours, let them go ahead instead of overcharging people. Am sure this money does not even reach to the matatu owners,” said Gitau.

For the last two weeks, matatu operators have doubled the their fares due to the ongoing police operation which are aimed at ensuring that matatus adhere to the new rules which include fitting of new speed governors and affiliation to a matatu sacco.

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