Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on Friday said primary school children wearing uniforms will be transported for free in the city’s Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
This, he said, will unburden less privileged families in the city, which are already struggling to put food on the table due to the current harsh economic times.
“Today we’re saying children in Nairobi County will be carried by our matatus if they’re in uniform for free, and the matatu will not be charged excess for those children because these are short distances, let us just help the children. That is humanity and God will bless you,” he said.
He made this announcement in conjunction with all Nairobi matatu Saccos following a successful meeting at City Hall on Friday, where a raft of measures were agreed on in a bid to restore order and sanity to the sector.
“When I was growing up, in this city, we cared for each other. Children were not paying fare in matatus, as long as they were in school uniform. Why are we charging children fare? Why don’t we just carry them for free,” He posed
He said he will engage the police service to ensure that the matatus are not charged for carrying excess passengers because of the school-going children.
However, he warned them against using the directive as an excuse to overload their vehicles with adults, as they will be culpable for fines.
‘I will deal with the police. But don’t use it as an excuse to carry adults in excess; only carry children in school uniform for free,’ he said