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Matatu owners decry 14-seater ban

05 September 2014, 16:50 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Matatu Owners Association (MOA) has complained that the ban on 14-seater public service vehicles has led to a delayed growth in matatu sector.

MOA Chairman, Simon Kimutai, said the ban has made investors shy away from investing in the sector fearing that they may lose business once the ban is enforced.

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Speaking in Nyeri during a one-day forum for Mount Kenya region matatu operators, Kimutai observed that the delay by government to revoke the gazette notice issued in 2012 was causing unnecessary anxiety in the matatu industry.

He explained that the gazette notice issued by former Transport Minister, Amos Kimunya, has also made operators confused because they were not sure of when the ban would be effected.

Kimutai further faulted plucking of registration number plates of PSVs impounded during traffic crackdowns.

He accused the National Transport and Safety Authourity (NTSA) officials of using the move as an avenue for corruption.

“When you pluck number plates of a vehicle, there is always the possibility of enticing the owner to give a bribe in order to have them returned. This must stop,” Kimutai said.

However, NTSA Official John Muya defended the move saying it ensured that faulty matatus are repaired and inspected before the plates are returned for them to resume operations.

He challenged the operators to report cases of corruption to authorities regardless of who was demanding a bribe.

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