Matatu revenue drops by 30% due to political tension

MOA Chairperson Simon Kimutai addressing journalist on political temperature in the country. Behind are the new Traffic Marshals. FILE/PHOTO:

Nairobi, KENYA: Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai has urged politicians to tone down harsh statements during this electioneering period as it is having a negative impact on the country’s economy.

Speaking while officiating the commencement of Traffic marshals officers for the matatu saccos on Monday, Kimutai said that matatu revenue has significantly dropped by about 30 percent in the last few months as a result of political temperatures witnessed in the country.

“This country is ours,lets not scare one another lets us be our brothers keeper,” said Kimutai.

He however urged the county government of Nairobi to help them fight matatu cartels that have siphoned money from  Matatu owners leading to a significant deficit in the sector.

He warned those imposing to be working under the sacco in the name of fishing out money from matatus, that time will catch up with them.

Kimutai was officiating the traffic marshals officers who will be in charge of traffic routes assigned by their sacco, to ensure that they control traffic congestion and report any eventualities at their respective sacco for action to be taken.

The chairman said the initiative was taken after the Nairobi governor Mike Sonko ordered them to go and self regulate themselves to ensure that there is minimal matatu congestion in Nairobi Central District.

He assured the county government of Nairobi that they will be working with them to improve the sector.