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Nyeri High Court gives verdit on matatu dispute

02 August 2012, 18:55 James Kabotia

The High court in Nyeri has issued an extension order to a transport company in Nanyuki town to continue with its operations after it sued Nanyuki municipal council.

In a letter signed by the deputy registrar, the 2NK Sacco has been granted an order to continue operating in the town.

“…that a temporary injunction do issue directed against the defendant, its officers or anybody acting under it from cancelling, suspending or otherwise terminating the licence to the plaintiff to pick passengers from the Nanyuki bus terminus pending the hearing and determination of this suit” read the order in part.

The public transport Company has sued the municipal council after three other public transport Companies in Nanyuki town ganged up to prevent it from operating  in the town.

On Tuesday, inter-parties hearing proceeded in the court where the extension order was issued.

And Nanyuki municipal council Mayor Councillor Isaac Mathenge said a meeting scheduled to be held today between the council officers and the rival companies will not proceed.

“Because the matter is in court, the meeting which was planned for today will not go on” the Mayor told the members of the press.

Business was on Monday disrupted in Nanyuki and major roads leading to the town, after scores of Matatu operators engaged police and rival Matatu companies in running battles.

Hundreds of passengers heading towards Nyeri, Karatina, Meru and Nairobi were stranded in Nanyuki town and its environs after three Matatu companies, Nyena Sacco, Nanyuki Express Cab and Nyakati withdrew their vehicles and took to street protests.

The operators, who were joined by some leaders at the main bus termini were also accused of attacking a 2NK Sacco Matatu which was ferrying passengers to the town.

The operators were protesting over licensing of the giant 2NK Sacco by Nanyuki Municipal Council.

Passengers in most vehicles belonging to 2NK Sacco complained of harassment by the protestors who planted barricades at Moi Equator, Kiambiriria, Cheese and other areas.

At the same time, the protestors converted the barricades and used them to charge motorists of some cash.

Various motorists had to part with some money which they paid to some operators to secure their freedom.

Police used tear gas to disperse the protestors, who escaped using matatus they had.

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