Ensure justice for all

16 Feb

For many years, workers in the matatu industry have been viewed as lesser citizens; or people caught in the wrong job. We have been accused of all sorts of misconduct and blamed for causing most of the road accidents on our roads. This is one accusation that we have tried to defend our innocence for far too long but we have not yet succeeded. The reason it has been an uphill task for the players in the industry to distance themselves from this accusations,Is because nobody has ever come forward to address our problems. The reason for this attitude can only be attributed to the behaviors’ of quite a large number of the workers in this sector. One of our biggest problems is illiteracy. It will be surprising to know that, majority of people who find themselves in the industry either dropped out of school or have never been to a class all their lives.

The matatu industry is probably the only employment agency that doesn’t require any kind of experience or academic qualifications. You don’t need a high school education to drive a motor car and most interesting you don’t have to go for a road test to get a driving license, thanks to corruption. Many drivers I personally know don’t know how to read and cannot even put two words together to write a sentence. A number of them are former street children; many of them begin as car wash attendants then to touts who fill the vehicles at bus stops before they graduate to conductors and eventually drivers.

This is what has fueled corruption in the sector as many workers don’t know their rights and have no way of reading the law for themselves. The traffic police{not all} have taken advantage of this gap caused by our illiteracy and most often abuse the laws to harsh and extort money from the unlearned friends. Most of the arrests we see every day and the many crackdowns on matatus are illegal and not supported by the law but due to what I can only describe as ignorance on the investors part, the cops have continued impounding and jailing matatu workers unjustly.

But we can now say there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m particularly very happy with how the Kenyan youths have embraced their nationality and pride of their heritage. If we put aside for a moment the post-election violence that really stained our reputation as a country,we can clearly see that our strangle for liberation has changed the way things used to be done. We have made very big steps in the last ten years; or since President kibaki came to power. We cannot however give all the credit to the president but we have to commend him for creating the right atmosphere.

I was following the drama surrounding our deputy chief justice with a smile; the story had so much significance with the biblical statue mentioned in the book of Daniel chapter 2. She has the looks of a strong and healthy human being; she is full of knowledge about the law as we saw during the interviews. Her job is probably among the ten most prestigious in the country. But unfortunately her feet seems to be made of clay as it turned out, it was unbelievable, that a mere watchman could bring down such a high profiled person. This after all is an indication that our justice system may after all be the growing teeth.

It has now reached a point where; even those we feared and regarded as the untouchables will soon find their immunity withdrawn and will have to give account for their conducts. One serious problem I would want to see addressed is the issue of police officers investing in the matatu industry and then using their authority to create uneven playing ground. You would be surprised to know that, many of the vehicles you see on the roads fitted with load music, fancy alloy wheels, graffiti and such beatification belong to some high level police officers.

Now that justice seems to have regained sight, let’s hope it be no longer blind and will be able to see this corrupt state employees and send them where they belong. By the way; what happened to the law that prevent traffic police officers from investing in the matatu industry? Somebody is sleeping on the job.


Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Matatu matters



4 responses to “Ensure justice for all

  1. Wamae

    February 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Buda!, saying it as it is….

    • wambururu

      February 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Truth hurts, I hope the pain is worth.

  2. raysattic

    February 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

    its awesome to be forced to look at stuff as is not as defined by society!

    • wambururu

      February 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Not that we have a choice. Life gets more intresting once we deal with the stuff we think are causing us this problems and then look for something else to complain about.


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