Tougher Covid-19 measures for matatus - Transport CS announces

Third-wave has necessitated tougher measures - CS Macharia

Passenger takes photo inside a Route 111 (Ngong, Karen) matatu that complied with maximum of 60 per cent capacity to facilitate social distancing

Transport cabinet Secretary James Macharia has announced upcoming stricter measures for the matatu industry in the wake of the Covid-19 third wave.

While speaking on Wednesday, the CS noted that despite the relaxation of various other safety protocols, the matatu industry needed a raft of tougher measures to contain the spread of the virus.

"In terms of transmission of covid-19, public transport is a key module in Covid-19 transmission. We had introduced measures to ensure we control spread of the virus in the sector. The measures will be tightened till this 3rd wave is contained.

"In our airports and at railway stations, the measures have been strictly observed but the challenge is with our matatus and we want to partner with county governments to ensure the public transport players adhere to health protocols," he stated.

The CS also spoke on his new role as the Murang'a county BBI coordinator toward the national referendum on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

"Here we want to discuss with MCAs on a roadmap for BBI from now to July. I have been appointed as chairman for the county BBI steering committee and we will work together with the governor to ensure plans for the BBI go on successfully," he stated.

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