No solution to the matatu menace.

01 May

The matatu industry can not be described better without the word menace;{ if you were to look up the word, it means, threat; danger; hazard peril; nuisance; pain in the neck; trouble maker; pest; annoyance; it makes people feel, threatened, intimidated, terrorized and in real need of help.}
It can not be explained better than in the words of one blog reader who happened to come across one of my posts.
(“The developed world still have road accidents, don’t look far (Adverts don’t stop accidents and its not legendary to use even 1 Kenyan shilling to tell wananchi what they already know, it is hilarious”)

“-Let me begin by saying Media road safety campaigns, the traffic police, the drivers, conductors, body manufactures, HIGH CAPACITY BUSES and setting up departments cant decrease psv accidents or turn around the Kenyan Psv industry for the better!
The local manufactures in collaboration with CMC and GMea haven’t done much to change the Psv image and safety.. How is the Psv industry looking now? here is a few numbers…

(1) Look at the Psvs and School buses involved in road accidents, most of them are locally manufactured HIGH CAPACITY BUSES, matatus and the small Nissans, this idea of high capacity buses woun’t bring any difference please belive me on that… and you don’t normally see this fully built imported Mercedes, TATA, Hyundai, Volvo buses or mini buses with dirty staff, driven recklessly or involved in accidents, because they look well manufactured.. looking at this same old HIGH CAPACITY BUSES around the city all you see is confusion, what you see is random coloring, black smoke, rust, dirt, shouting, broken lights, dirty interior…. etc probably thats why the government kept some off the CBD, but look at the two well known HIGH CAPACITY bus companies operating in the CBD all you see is rust, noise, pealed off paint and stone age design… look at the HIGH CAPACITY githurai buses, the others at machakos bus station, and the other buses in Muthurwa do they seem smart, professional or safe? do they look beautiful? how are they manufactured, very wrong, most Isuzu and Nizzan drivers and conductors also report to work dirty other smelling alcohal, this dirty drivers and conductors are a reflection of their working environment, if a bus is badly designed, passengers refusing to pay, the police hitting with rungus then you have the right to report to work dirty. if the government gave directives on dark window tints, loud music and multi coloring then also goverment should come in to remove all the New but rusty Isuzus and Nissan passenger and public buses in town or in the country, they are ruining the image of Nairobi and Kenya, There is only one respectable bus operator/maker that reflects where Nairobi is and going, but i cant mention names,

(2) Come in to town, check out locally manufactured HIGH CAPACITY buses, this buses are new some of them registration, KBF, KBJ, KBK, KBM, KBN, KBU……etc this buses are supposed to look new but they are old filled with dents, scratches, cracks, paint scratched off, even the passengers write on the seats sometimes they tear them, some passengers even refuse to pay 10 shilling fare probably because its not worth it.

(3) we don’t see traffic cops smashing windows of old saloon cars and of motorcycles, some taxis are mostly second hand vehicles mostly cost less than 200,000 shillings, Nissan and Isuzu matatu costs waaay more.. but do people write on or tear taxi seats? can a taxi driver push you out of a moving vehicle? matatus cost over a million or more shillings, why would a policeman not hesitate to smash a matatu windows off with a rungu and probably be soft to cheaper personal vehicles and motorcycles, police dont only hit the windows, they also hit the body and the lights causing huge damages,

(4) Even the owners at home careless about this locally made Isuzus and Nissan buses, i mean most of the matatus in the morning are dirty, muddy tyres, dirty/dusty interior, floor and seats,

(5) Look at how the Isuzu drivers handle this vehicles, they drive them recklessly up the pavement, going off road in to estates with rocky, potholes, ditches, complicated paths, sometimes drivers put this vehicles on dangerous spots Eg parking half the bus on stage the other rear half on the road putting the rear passengers at risk. even you and i cant be focused on the wheel with all this headache… what is happening in the matatu industry is just too much, from the arrogant public, the government directives, the police, and to the conductors pushing out passengers from a moving vehicle just because of 10 shilling fare? then something is very wrong in the Psv, i mean you board this millions of shillings worth HIGH CAPACITY bus but you refuse to pay only 10 or 20 shillings because you probably see it as a worthless local made Isuzu or Nissan aluminum. You may ignore this happenings but this little things lead to careless driving and accidents.. Vision 2030 is around the corner will we have beautiful buildings, roads and then the same old Isuzu and Nissan matatus on our faces. Do you have a solution to all this? I would love to hear your opinion on the solution..


Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Matatu matters


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4 responses to “No solution to the matatu menace.

  1. wambururu

    May 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I like the perceptive you have looked at the matatu industry. From your point of view which i believe is very informed; i have a lot to agree with you especially in the area of the standard of PSVs in Kenya. I would be happy to see/hear how this solution works.

  2. Green City

    May 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    We have hope to make cities better and keep in touch with us!

  3. martin

    June 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    from your stories on your blog you make it feel like matatu crews do the passengers a favour by carrying them. It s is a business just like any other so stop accusing the cops and government when they bully you. afterall you also bully the passengers and other motorists on the road.

    • wambururu

      June 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      And does two wrongs make a right? I’m speaking from my corner.


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