Mixed reactions over public transport crisis

Stranded commuters yesterday blamed the government for failing to provide alternatives within the public transport system mainly dominated by matatus.

Even as they endure long walks and high fares, Kenyans used various platforms, including social media, to vent their anger.

Some faulted the government for the crisis as others blamed the matatu operators for flouting regulations with impunity.

 “Why are we re-enforcing the ‘Michuki rules’? Weren’t they already in place? Who negated their duties to uphold them? I’m advocating for safety compliance on our roads and as we do it, the government should have a plan to avert inconveniences caused to passengers,” tweeted Raila Junior, son to Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Some called on the government to take over the operations of public transport like in Ethiopia to avert future crises.

“Imagine if right now Nairobi had functional commuter trains traversing within the city how majority of those relying on public transport would be going about their business without any inconveniences,” tweeted activist Scheaffer Okore.

Proper arrangements

Ma3Route, a popular online account on traffic, tweeted: “What is the government’s backup plan to ensure the average commuter is not affected by the lack of Matatus on the road? Or are they implementing the Michuki Rules and expecting wakenya wajipange?”

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir opined: “Kenya has 1st World Laws that cover Traffic, Urban Planning, Agriculture, Corruption et al, but 4th World Public Servants. Public Servants use Office for personal gain & not public service. To begin afresh, we must BAN public servants doing any other business.”

Betty Ongeri a resident of Bamburi estate in Mombsa, said the current situation could have been avoided:  “This kind of a situation could have been avoided if the government had put in place proper arrangements.

But look now, we are in double crisis. Children are doing exams yet there is not transport, people going to work to build economy have no transport. Today the economy has suffered big time because of poor plan.”

“I am old and sickly, I am supposed to go and attend to my wife who is admitted at Coast Provincial General Hospital but as you can see, my situation cannot allow me to walk for a long distance…my wife needs me now because I was actually under instructions to go and buy some drugs to take to her. Now it is impossible for me to reach her,” said Rajab Abdallah, a 75-year-old resident of Changamwe.

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