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Warfare group to sue government over fake speed gadgets

30 October 2014, 21:13 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Matatu Warfare Association has threatened to sue the government if those some of their members who incurred losses after buying counterfeit speed governors are not compensated.

The Association through their National Chairman Dickson Mbugua said some gadgets which were fitted on PSV vehicles are fake and nonoperational therefore incurred losses.

On Thursday the National secretary general and coast Chairman Sammy Gitau said the association will head to head to court to sue the government over what they termed as being shortchanged to buy expensive gadgets which are not operational.

They want the government to compensate those who have incurred losses failure to which they will head to court and demand for that.

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“We are going to come up with a very refined suit before we head to court, we will sue them because the gadgets were expensively bought and now they are operational. We have sent a notice to them to respond on the same,” said Gitau yesterday.

The Association has blamed the National Transport and safety Authority for being used by few individuals who have self vested interests in the Matatu business but not to serve the interests of the people.

“We are not opposed to new changes in the transport sector but what we want is transparency, you are selling a gadget to me at a very expensive cost and again you charging me very heavily,”claimed Gitau.

The government has imposed tough penalties to Motor vehicle owners and Matatu drivers who disconnect or short circuit speed governors from their motor vehicles.

The government through the National Transport and safety Authority, Kenya beaural of standards KBS,the digital speed limiters and renders and the chief mechanical and transport engineer had approved the use of digital speed limiters to control road carnages.

Those found violating the law will be charged in the court of law and be refrained from operating their vehicles until they comply.

Meanwhile the Coast Matatu Association chairperson Salim Batez has faulted the government for not following up on how the installation exercise was conducted leading to some of them being unworthy in short time.

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