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Kidero, Taxi operators call truce, agree on working formula

09 April 2014, 17:40 William Korir

Nairobi - Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and taxi operators called a truce to seek ways of improving relations and operations between the two in the city.

The two have been involved in a tug of war over operations in the city, with increased tension between the two groups following the implementation of the new Nairobi parking and operations charges and rates.

It has seen the county raise charges, the operators call a strike and the county government hit back by confiscating vehicles and their registration plates.

But in an apparent truce Wednesday, Kidero and the Kenya Taxi Cabs Operators agreed to work on ways to ensure a smooth relationship between the two groups.

" We depend on each other and that is the reality. We have to work together to ensure things flow smoothly which is why we have agreed on certain issues, Kidero said.

He said this while handing over number plates to taxi operators, who had been censured for blocking the road during a PSV operators strike last month.

Taxi Cabs Union chairman Peter Mburu agreed with Kidero that there was need to ensure a smooth relationship between the two groups.

" We thank the governor for being open to this agreement and for pledging to sit down with us and agreeing on a proper working relationship, he said.

Kidero said that they would meet once again to come up with ways of ensuring that both sides are happy with the working order in the city.

He also insisted that there was room for the operators to embrace E-payment solutions, which the government is keen on pressing for in new traffic laws and rules.

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