We Shall Not Reduce Fares, Matatu Operators Tells Off Critics
Matatu Operators have now dismissed the pressure for them to reduce fares after the government reduced fuel prices to help motorists and ordinary Kenyans using Kerosene adjust to the tough economic times brought by Coronavirus.
The prices of petrol and diesel have dropped by Sh18 and Sh4.09 per liter respectively, to retail at Sh92.87 and Sh91.37 in Nairobi, down from Sh110.87 and Sh95.46 respectively.
According to Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai, the reduction is so little compared to losses they have been incurring from the number of trips they make a day.
‘‘We are making few trips, we can still not make half of what we have been making with reduced trips and passengers in a matatu.. this means fares will just remain high.’’He noted.
Meanwhile, he is also pleading with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services director-general Mohammed Badi to at least scrape off the monthly parking fees in the city popularly known as seasonal tickets.
‘‘They are still charging SACCOs according to the number of vehicles in their records yet not all of them are on the road,’’ he added.