Matatu Owners Association led by chairman Simon Kimutai have protested the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) move to relocate matatus operating along Ngong road to be operating from the newly completed green park terminus.

Kimutai along with other matatu owners argues the move is ill-informed and will see them dealt a blow in their daily business operations.

“This is a business that we have invested in and we do not want to see anyone who has not invested being involved in,” argued Kimutai lamenting of not being involved in the relocation plans undersigned by NMS director General Mohammed Badi.

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An undated photo of Matatu Owners Association (MOA) Simon Kimutai (R) shares a word with President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/COURTESY

MOA chairman also argues that the move is being pushed by cartels operating from the Central Business District CBD, to drive them out of business thereafter reaping the benefits a move which he says they will not let succeed.

“There is a group of people (cartels) who are hiding behind masks pretending to represent us. This will lead to the collapse of this project,” noted Kimutai saying that they will oppose any plans scheduled to drive them out of the city CBD.

On his part, Engineer Michael Ochieng, who is the NMS Transport and Public Works Director assured that they will ensure the operation of the terminus is safe, works well and addresses the concerns of commuters and matatu operators to give them better service for the development and growth of the city.

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