Kenya: The strike called by matatu operators to oppose the new traffic rules continued for the second day
Posted by African Press International on November 30, 2012
- By Jack Marwa
Eight suspects among them touts and drivers have been nabbed in police operation held in the troubled Naivasha town following the matatu strike that spread for the better part of the day. Several passengers were injured and robbed and rushed to Naivasha District Hospital before police arrived to disperse the rowdy crowds.
During the day there was a heated argument between senior police officer from Naivasha police station and matatu operators at Municipal Park. The both parties clashed but sensing awaiting danger the police left the meeting in a hurry promising any one who would be arrested and arraigned in court.
Naivasha OCPD Charles Kortok, said that the goons attacked other upcountry matatus in efforts to stop them from ferrying passengers. He said that more police had been deployed along the routes and are under instructions to use maximum force on anyone who may try to disrupt business. The strike called by matatu operators to oppose the new traffic rules continued with most vehicles staying off the road for the second day.