In Summary

  • Investors in the industry are concerned by the huge losses they have been incurring since Tuesday’s General Election.
  • MOA says it has consulted with security agencies to assure people of safety.

  • Besides the transport industry, other sectors are also suffering losses as businesses are hardly opened either due to fear of uprisings or lack of demand.

Matatu owners in Nairobi on Thursday advised drivers and touts not to stop operations to the Central Business District due to low number of travellers.

Simon Kimutai, the chairman of the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) said drivers had been told to operate between city estates and the CBD even when their vehicles are not full to encourage Kenyans to return commute.

“In Nairobi, we have more than 20,000 vehicles. Now, about 18,000 vehicles are parked.

“Today I have told my members to have a vehicle carry half the passengers, come back with half; so that they spread.

LOSSES

This way, people can come out,” Mr Kimutai said.

He added that investors in the industry were concerned by the huge losses they had been incurring since Tuesday’s General Election and had decided to encourage Kenyans to be on the move.

Mr Kimutai told the Nation that of the approximated 20,000 matatus operating within the city, about 2,000 were operating and that had shrunk incomes that operators make from commuters.

Given that each matatu makes about Sh8,000 in gross income per day, he said, the amount of money that operators have lost due to poll jitters could be well over Sh100 million.

SAFETY

MOA says it has consulted with security agencies to assure people of safety.

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