Showdown looms as matatu groups withdraw from umbrella body

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A showdown looms after officials representing matatu associations and saccos withdrew their membership from the giant organisation Matatu Owners Association (MOA).

The officials, led by Calvin Nyaure, the chair of Matatus and Sacco Companies, cited lack of proper presentation of their interest by MOA.

They blamed the umbrella organisation of taking sides and for going to bed with the government in the ongoing crackdown on vehicles that have not adhered to the so-called “Michuki” traffic rules.

Those that have withdrawn their membership include the Matatu Welfare Association (MWA), Matatu Travellers Vehicles Association (MTVA), Mount Kenya Association (MA), Association of Bus Operators Kenya (ABK) and Association of Matatu Operators (AMO).

Denounce membership

“We have decided to denounce our membership to MOA because we feel it has failed to defend us against the harassment that matatu operators in Nairobi have undergone since the crackdown by police officers enforcing Michuki traffic rules began,” said Mr Nyaure at a press conference in Nairobi.

Mr Nyaure also accused MOA chair Simon Kimutai and MWA head Dickson Mbugua of being among a group of cartels in the matatu sector.

“We can’t sit back and watch us our members suffer because of individual interests of MOA officials, some of whom don’t even own a matatu.

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