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Matatu operators apologise to commuters, call off strike

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The Federation of Public Transport Operators has called off their countrywide strike over the reinstatement of the Michuki rules and vowed to get back on the roads as soon as possible.

In a Monday afternoon meeting at Harambee House called by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and his Transport counterpart Esther Koimett, the matatu operators further apologised to commuters and pledged to comply with the rule of law.

“We are glad to have had this meeting and have listened to what we have discussed. I apologise to our passengers and we will be back on the road,” said the federation spokesperson Edwin Mukabana.

“We request our people who have complied to return their vehicles to the road. We will bring all issues to the government table for negotiations.”

PS Kibicho, on his part, acknowledged the clogging at the vehicle inspection unit and vowed to enhance capacity to ensure the transport sector remains smooth.

“We have also heard of cartels in the sector and are committed in the next couple of days to clean the stages of these cartels,” said Kibicho.

“The federation has also brought to our attention the unfair transportation, such as proboxes, not subjected to these rules. We will enforce the ban against legitimate sector players.”

The Interior PS also lauded the federation for their commitment to abide by the traffic laws, adding that a transport consultative forum will be formed within the next week to look into areas that need review and fresh approach.

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