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Ole Lenku warns law breaking Matatu touts

05 March 2014, 14:50 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Internal Security cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has warned striking matatu touts who are keen to cause trouble that the government will deal with them exponentially.

The matatu operators blocked roads on Wednesday morning to protest increased parking fee by the Nairobi County government. The move caused a massive traffic jam in the city and ensured plenty of people got to work late in the morning.

Later on though, the operators wrecked havoc on city streets by waylaying pedestrians and distracting others who were minding their day to day businesses.

And despite several court cases by matatu owners failing to stop the charges from being implemented by the county government, they have proceeded to halt operations in the capital city.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had earlier said that the police force would arrest any person found blocking roads and in a move to reassure the public of their safety, Ole Lenku now says that there is no room for trouble-makers.

" We will not tolerate lawbreakers. It is not acceptable to inconvenience thousands of Kenyans who have to get to work. Let us be considerate. We need to look for ways of solving issues and it is not by breaking the law. That will not be allowed by this government, he said.

Police were busy trying to restore order in the city centre and Ole Lenku added that he hoped they would do it as swiftly as possible.

" We need the city back normal and I urge law enforcing agencies to use their best force to ensure it happens, he added.

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