Kasarani matatus hike fares amid boycott over tout’s death – PHOTOS
Hundreds of Kasarani commuters were on Monday morning left stranded after Mwiki Sacco Limited (MSL) matatu operators staged a protest against their officials amid claims of harassment and assault.
The protest, which saw buses belonging to the Sacco withdrawn from the road, left commuters stranded with some opting to walk to Thika Superhighway to board matatus from Ruiru and Thika.
Available matatus charged Sh200, more than double the usual fares.
The protest came after a matatu conductor succumbed to injuries after he was beaten by MSL officials last week for overcharging passengers in the Kasarani – Mwiki route.
The deceased, Julius Kamau, was allegedly assaulted for charging passengers Sh100 instead of the normal Sh80 fare.
Police have said they are investigating the circumstance of his death.
Some angry commuters wondered when the harassment and overcharging will come to an end and they took to social media to make their point.
Ule mchawi aliroga Mwiki alikufa fr fr.
Mats are charging 200 to town thanks to a strike by one of the Saccos.
Reason for strike : a conductor was beaten to death by Sacco officials ?
— Sumbua ? (@Sheilakari) May 7, 2018
06:01 Another stressful monday for pple living Kasarani-Mwiki, MSL Sacco are on strike! Fares by competitors hannover, expresso are exorbitant! Pple forced to walk to Roysambu via @RKDAVID1
— Ma3Route (@Ma3Route) May 7, 2018
Commuters stranded on the Mwiki, Kasarani route following a strike by MSL operators over alleged harassment by sacco officials pic.twitter.com/XWSxz6ozDO
— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) May 7, 2018
— IG:Prince Eric (@EricWambuaKE) May 7, 2018
— Dennis Kariuki, CEM (@denniskaraoke) May 7, 2018