Matatu crackdown leaves hundreds stranded in Mombasa


Mombasa, KENYA: Hundreds of commuters from Bamburi and Mshomoroni were on Monday forced to walk to their destinations following a crackdown on matatus flouting traffic rules.

A spot check by Baraka FM  at Bamburi Mwisho found hundreds of commuters stranded as there were fewer matatus on the road.

The check also revealed that some matatu drivers took advantage of the situation and hiked fares from sh 70 to sh 100 from Bamburi Mwisho to town areas like Docks and Likoni Ferry.

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Private cars also made a kill by ferrying commuters heading to Mombasa town charging them fares of upto sh. 100.

A similar scene was witnessed in Mshomoroni where residents had to find alternative ways to reach their destinations.

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Regina Syombua a student complained that the crackdown saw her  arrive her destination late

“We waited for almost an hour to get a matatu to town,” she said.

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Traffic police officers began the operation early in the morning causing a massive jam at the busy Nyali Bridge.

The crackdown follows the return of Michuki rules which authorities argue are aimed at streamlining the rowdy sector.