Nakuru Matatu operators up in arms over poor state of roads

Matatu operators in Nakuru are up in arms over the poor status of roads in parts of the county following the recent rains which left a trail of destruction.

The operators have pointed at Naivasha as the most affected sub-county with vehicles getting stuck inside the central business district in the last couple of weeks.

A visit to various streets in Naivasha town found several roads impassable while the whole drainage system was clogged up further worsening the situation.

This emerged when members of 22 saccos drawn from Naivasha, Gilgil and Nakuru towns met and elected their leaders in Threeways Hotel in Naivasha.

Addressing the press after the meeting Naivasha PSV Owners Association (NAPOA) chairman Stephen Mungai issued a one month notice to the county government to address the crisis.

He said that the sector which employed hundreds of youths had been short-changed for years adding that it was time that they were involved in decision making.

“The county is keen to collect parking charges from us but we are not getting any services with transport paralyzed in and around town whenever it rains,” he said.

He pointed to roads in Moi Ndabi, Maella and Ndabibi as the most affected adding that the operators were incurring huge losses every day in repairing their vehicles.

“As operators, we want to also benefit from Kengen by getting transport opportunities which in many cases always goes to traders in neighbouring counties,” he said.

The sentiments were echoed by the association treasurer James Kiiru who said that transport had been nearly crippled during the rainy season.

He called on the county government to continuously engage the matatu sector mainly in issues to do with the roads as they were the most affected.

“Currently there are some parts in Naivasha town and the rural areas which are completely impassable whenever it rains,” he said.

Kiiru praised the new-found unity among the matatu operators noting that previous wrangles between them had adversely affected service delivery and created unnecessary tension.

On his part, the association organizing secretary David Kimani Wamathingira said that the new office bearers would engage the county leaders on various challenges facing the sector.

He termed the sector as very crucial to the economy of any country adding that tens of youths were employed in various towns.

“All the past wrangles between various matatu Saccos have now been resolved and we are looking forward to a better working environment in this county,” he said.