Sakaja announces free city matatus transportation for school children.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja in a meeting with matatu Sacco stakeholders on November 18, 2022. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Primary school students in uniforms will now receive free transportation in the city’s PSVs, according to Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja (PSVs).

Following a fruitful meeting at City Hall on Friday, when a number of measures were agreed upon in an effort to restore order and sanity to the sector, Sakaja made the announcement in cooperation with all Nairobi matatu Saccos.

The county administrator claimed that the action is intended to relieve burden from families in the city who are less fortunate and who already struggle to put food on the table as a result of the current difficult economic conditions.

“In this city, while I was growing up, we looked out for one another. As long as they were wearing their school uniform, children did not have to pay the matatus fare. Why do we charge children for travel? Why don’t we simply transport them (for no charge)? He addressed the stakeholders in the matatu business.

“You might find that there isn’t enough food at home, which is why I’m implementing a school-feeding program—so that our kids can eat in class. Some schools are quite far away, and many people don’t have the Ksh. 50 or Ksh. 20 needed to pay for transportation.

The Governor additionally pledged to work with the police to prevent the matatus from being charged for carrying too many passengers because of the students.

However, he warned them against using the instruction as a justification to pack their cars with adults because doing so would make them liable for fines.

As these are short distances, we’re stating today that children in Nairobi County will be carried by our matatus for free if they are in uniform, and the matatus won’t be charged extra for those youngsters. Let’s just aid the kids. God will bless you, and that is humanity,” he remarked.

“I’ll handle the police. However, don’t use it as a justification to overtransport adults; instead, only transport youngsters wearing school uniforms for free.

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