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Matatu operators protest in Thika

09 July 2012, 13:00 Sam Mutonya

Transport in Thika town was paralysed for more than four hours as matatu operators took to the streets and barricaded roads with their vehicles by parking in the streets early today.

The  matatu and bus crew were protesting over the introduction of a new fleet of buses christened “Kenya mpya”.

It took intervention from Juja mp William Kabogo who first drove into the Thika town hall followed by hundreds of operators and later to Thika DC headquarters where after brief consultations with the area DC came out amidst jubilations from the crowd.

He announced that the Kenya Mpya buses will not be allowed to operate in Thika town since they had not been permitted by the council to do so.

“They are charging as little as 50 shilling to Nairobi, which is bad for our business” said Kiarie a driver with the Chania Sacco matatus.

The Mp called out on the crowd to vote for Uhuru Kenyatta and added that he is vying for a governor seat in .

Anti riot police were within and seemed calm all through the demonstration which lasted for two hours.

Kabogo also gave a warning to the nominated councilors who were allocating themselves land in Thika evicting business people and gave out an ultimatum to them to vacate or else he will authorize demolitions on Saturday.

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