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Matatu boss demands reconstitution of TSA

30 May 2013, 18:19 James Kabotia

Matatu Owners Association has demanded for the reconstitution of Transport and Safety Authority (TSA).

The association through its chairman Simon Kimutai said that the authority is currently regionally imbalanced.

The MOA chairman further said that the former transport minister Amos Kimunya erred while constituting the authority since people in the matatu industry were not consulted.

Speaking at Kerugoya town during the grand opening of new KUKENA Sacco complex, Kimutai demanded for the inclusion of the matatu owners in the authority pointing that matatu players are key stakeholders in the sector.

 “We have complained about the composition of Transport and Safety Authority - the former minister constituted it without consulting all stakeholders. This culture of discrimination must stop,” said Kimutai.

He further added that matatu players will not allow the authority to operate without their representation, calling on the newly appointed cabinet secretary in charge of transport to correct the mistake.

Kimutai also decried what he termed as consistent discrimination against matatu players by the government pointing that the issue should be addressed urgently and objectively.

The MOA officials also demanded that the Toyota Pro-box be banned from carrying passengers on Kenyans roads.

The officials said that Pro-box vehicles are not PSV-compliant and should be banned from carrying passengers.

“These vehicles carry excess passengers and they are not compliant at all. They are supposed to be taxis. We call on the government to stop this madness,” he noted.

The MOA Chairman said that pro-box vehicles are operating as PSVs, which he noted is illegal and should stop.

He said that Toyota pro-box is actually taxis and should not be allowed to continue flouting law with impunity.

Kimutai said that the manner in which the vehicle carry passengers is so inhuman, terming the vehicle as a ‘coffin to the grave’.

He said that there is enough matatus to carry passengers in the country, warning that the issue of pro-box is a time bomb waiting to explode.

The matatu boss cautioned passengers that nobody will pay them in case of accidents because they are meant to be taxis carrying only four passengers.

He faulted councils for allocating the vehicles space in the bus terminals which he said was against the law.

“These vehicles are meant to be taxis and should be packed outside hotels and supermarkets for hire, but the biggest problem is that council workers have embraced them and are allocating them space at matatu terminals and bus Parks to carry passengers,” he lamented.

The officials said that the new cabinet secretary in charge of transport and infrastructure must crack the whip and stop this.

“We can’t have people being transported in this manner. It’s so inhuman to put a father, daughter and mother in the boot of the same vehicle,” he remarked, saying that Kenyans must be transported comfortably in a matatu that has space.

Speaking at same function Kirinyaga deputy governor Julius Njiri affirmed his county government commitment to help matatu industry in the area.

Njiri pointed out that the matatu sector is a key component of economical growth hence should not be ignored.

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