Matatu Owners Association (MOA) Chairperson Simon Kimutai has announced that the association has endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta, pledging that matatus will offer free transport to aged Jubilee supporters and those living with disabilities to enable them vote in the August 8 polls.
Kimutai, who was speaking during a meeting with the head of state, declared MOA's support of the Jubilee team and vowed to stand with the President in his re-election journey.
“We thank you for the reforms you have initiated in the public transport sector that have enabled us to operate with ease and to provide effective services... We say with one voice as matatu and boda-boda operators that the Presidential candidate of our choice is Uhuru Kenyatta,” Kimutai stated.
During the meeting, President Uhuru ordered the ministry of Transport and Infrastructure together with that of the National Treasury to restructure taxation so that public transport operators can purchase vehicles at lower prices.
He underscored the contribution of the Matatu industry to the country’s economy, pledging to continue supporting the sector.
“The public transport sector plays a key role in our economy and we will always work to facilitate its operations,” President Kenyatta stated.
The Head of State Spoke on Sunday at State House, Nakuru, where he held a meeting with the representatives of matatu and boda-boda operators drawn from all over the country.