Normal Transport to and from Machakos town was today, Wednesday morning paralysed after matatu owners withdrew their vehicles from the roads citing invasion of the route by matatus from Nairobi and Kiambu counties.
Speaking to the Nation, Machakos Matatu Owners Association Onesmas Kyalo said that they pushed to the wall and were forced to protest at the invasion of their routes by matatus from Nairobi and Kiambu counties.
Kyalo blamed the county government for matatus which are supposed to operate in Nairobi routes to ply routes in Machakos," Mr Kyalo said.
In the effort to find where the problem was, Nation reported that the matutus in questions belong to saccos which have been authorised by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to operate in the county. Though Kyalo says that the problem is from the county government which gave the matatus letters of no objection without consulting the relevant stakeholders making the NTSA to allow the matatus ply the routes in Machakos county.
More than 3,000 matatus participated in the strike leaving ravelkers to and from Kajiado, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Nairobi counties stranded. This was a good day to the bodaboda riders who used the opportunity to make good money by transporting passengers.
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