President Uhuru Kenyatta is reportedly considering allowing night travel for matatus past the 10 p.m. curfew even as the country gradually reopens its economy.

Speaking to the press, Inter-county Bus Owners Association chairman Abubakar Twalib hinted that the approval may come in two weeks time.

He hinted that the economy would reopen as more people line up to get the Covid-19 vaccines aimed at slowing down the spread of the deadly virus.

Twalib made the revelations after a meeting between the industry stakeholders and Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure.

“The government has done good to the transport sector and we promise to ensure all passengers adhere to the set regulations.

“We were with various government health officials who gave directions o be followed. We shall adhere to them,” stated Twalib was quoted by Nation .

During the meeting, the stakeholders also resolved to resume full capacity on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) slated to kick off on Monday, August 9, 2021.

This comes more than a year since the state banned full capacity transport in an attempt to ensure social distance was observed by matatus to curb the spread of the virus.

“We chose to start operating full capacity on Monday since we sought more time to share the guidelines with various transport sector stakeholders,” he added.

After the ban was imposed, transport cost shot up in what the stakeholders claimed was a move to help them scale back their losses.

Speaking to a local media on Friday, August 6, Nairobi Matatu Operators Chairman Jamal Ibrahim, popularly known as Jamal Roho Safi confirmed that fares would reduce following the directive.

A 14-seater matatu would carry a maximum of eight passengers and 25-seater vehicles a maximum of 15 passengers.

“We were carrying less capacity and had increased the charges because we were checking the maintenance costs as well. For now, we will reduce fares and get them back to normal,” Jamal stated.

By Kenyans

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