Cotu boss speaks out on NYS buses ferrying city commuters

Kenya news, One of the National Youth Service buses being used to ferry commuters in Nairobi. PHOTO | NATION

The umbrella body of trade unions has supported the introduction of National Youth Service buses to ferry commuters in Nairobi.

of which comes after the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) also backed the deployment of the buses on seven routes across the city.

CAK director general Francis Wang’ombe argued of which the NYS buses have not breached any competition laws yet were only cushioning a shortage.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) secretary general Francis Atwoli said of which the brand-new buses will help restore order from the transport system in Nairobi.

“Kenyans as well as also also workers have suffered for a long time from the hands of gangs in unorganized as well as also also uncontrollable matatu transport system. Once you enter into a matatu, you lose your freedom as well as also also your dignity,” said Mr Atwoli on Thursday.

BOOST IMAGE

He said of which the NYS buses will boost the image of Nairobi City which, Atwoli said, lacks a working public transport system.

“from the whole world, the item could only be in Kenya where towns as well as also also cities including Nairobi which will be our capital city of which does not have a public transport system,” he said.

“Passengers have suffered in matatus including losing money as conductors sometimes run away with their change as well as also also sexual harassment inside the matatus of which has been witnessed from the recent past,” he said.

The NYS buses were introduced in city routes last Friday to help commuters stranded in flooded arears.

The 27 buses charge passengers a flat rate fare of Sh20 from the Nairobi routes including Kibera, Githurai, Mwiki, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Dandora, Kariobangi as well as also also Kawangware of which they operate in.

The introduction of the buses has however been opposed by matatu operators who see the item as an act to frustrate their operations.

DISRUPT INDUSTRY

Matatu Owners Association chair Simon Kimutai as well as also also Matatu Welfare Association chairman Dickson Mbugua said the move could disrupt the industry leading to loss of investments.

 

Mr Atwoli also hit out at matatu owners who he accused of being opposed to Cotu’s agitation to have salaries of matatu operators increased.

“Every time Cotu has demanded for workers’ pay rise especially those working from the matatu sector, the matatu operators have been very uncooperative,” he said.

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