Following the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus disease, the Ministry of Health imposed certain regulations to help curb the spread of the disease. In the transport sector, the carrying capacity per Public Service Vehicle (PSV) was reduced by nearly half. This was to ensure adequate spacing in these vehicles.
However, most traffic police officers and Matatu operators have turned these regulations into their own fishing grounds. Reportedly, even as the third wave of the infectious disease continue to bite, Matatu operators have opted to hike bus fares. Subsequently, in Kericho for example, Matatu's plying the Chepseon-Kericho Highway usually carry up to even more than the normal 14 passenger capacity. On course, traffic police officers receive bribes.
Elsewhere, Traffic Police Officers within Kericho Town have been oppressing Matatu operators. According to a local platform, officers are reportedly demanding "tea" from drivers and touts in bus terminals. This become their daily habit, a situation that has since sparked angry reactions from the public.
Matatu and bus drivers are now appealing to the legal authorities to come to their aid.
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