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Matatu operators accuse police of harassment in ongoing crackdown

Alvin Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe

Matatu operators have alleged harassment by police officers enforcing the ‘Michuki rules’. The operators claim police have been charging them  despite complying with the  rules.

Speaking yesterday during the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) annual meeting, association chair Simon Kimutai (pictured) said most of the PSVs have complied with the rules but police are still looking for “petty mistakes” to charge them.

“The manner in which this officers are handling this crackdown is unacceptable. We are not thugs, we are businessmen ready to comply with the law,” he said. Kimutai urged the law enforcers to consider partnering with saccos in doing inspections and thereafter issue certificates to PSVs that have complied.

MOA also downplayed claims raised by some operators on Wednesday who faulted the association for making  decisions without consulting all stakeholders. “If any member feels disgruntled, they are free to leave the association,” he said.

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