- For a conductor to be allowed to ply the route, he must part away with Sh4,000 while a driver must give Sh6,000.
- The collection points for the illegal fees are at Karuri, Muthithi and Gakura.
- County government officials who are in charge of the matatu stages are said to be aware of the situation.
Murang’a County Commissioner Mohammed Barre has issued a stern warning to suspected members of the outlawed Mungiki sect who have been preventing several public service vehicles from plying along the Kaharati-Muthithi-Kigumo-Kangari road.
The 41-kilometre stretch is now used by only one matatu sacco – Kigumo Travellers Sacco.
Other operators have given the road a wide berth due to what locals says is imposition of illegal charges by members of the outlawed Mungiki.
According to a source who declined to be named due to fear of reprisals from the Mungiki gang, for a conductor to be allowed to ply the route, he must part away with Sh4,000 while a driver must give Sh6,000.
At the same time, a matatu owner must part with Sh40,000, money which is given to the officials of the Mungiki group.
The source said the collection points for the illegal fees are at Karuri, Muthithi and Gakura, adding that this has been going on for years now.
“I was a conductor along the route and I gave out Sh1,500. They have increased the levies now,” the source said.
During the Mashujaa Day celebrations held in Kigumo on Sunday, a concerned resident brought the matter to the attention of the county commissioner, urging him and his security team to ensure fairness in the transport industry in Murang’a.