Police in Kisii County have warned Matatu SACCOs on hiking fares due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Virus is wrestling the world.
Addressing the Matatu owners on Monday in a meeting, the Kisii County Police Commander Jebel Munene pleaded with them, not to pain passengers who are already troubled by the deadly Virus.
He requested them to bear with the situation even if it means making losses. Everyone is after staying safe and not making cash out of the crisis.
“We have agreed with them not to hike fares. All of us are fighting this pandemic. It’s a serious issue that needs total attention and adherence to the rules from the Ministry of Health. We ask our People to stay safe,” He said.
Benjamin Onkoba representing the SACCOs told Opera News that they will down the fares. He requested all drivers to make sure their vehicles have sanitizers.
“Am requesting all the SACCOs as the chairman to heed to what we have discussed today. Even if they hike to meet fuel costs, let them do it slightly and not multiplying by two. We all understand the situation. If we are not careful the Government will even shut down transport,” He said.
The Government issued orders restricting them to carry a specific number of passengers to avoid crowding. This was one of the measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
Due to this, the Matatus as at Monday Morning had already hiked fares. Kisii to Kisumu fare had already shot up to Sh 600 from Sh 400.