Transport has been paralysed in Meru Town after Public Service Vehicles (PSV), majorly matatus and taxis, staged protests on Friday, May 31, 2024.

The matatu and taxi operators blocked the major roads leading to the busy town, rendering the area impassable.

The irate operators lit bonfires using old tyres and erected stones on the road blocking all other motorists from accessing Meru Town.

Passengers were also left stranded as matatu operators downed their tools and engaged with the law enforcement officers over what they termed the County’s involvement in their operations. Commuters were left at the mercy of boda boda operators who managed to manoeuvre amid chaos.

Law enforcement officers from Meru were forced to intervene to repel the protesting matatu operators who attributed their demonstration to mistreatment from county officials.

By the time of this publication, Meru County officials had not responded to concerns raised by the striking matatu and taxi operators.

However, matatu operators wanted their concerns to be addressed by the county leadership before resuming normal operations.

The angry residents who decried the move as devastating to their livelihoods, blocked the highway within Runyenjes Town, causing massive traffic jams and disrupting daily commerce.

Police were forced to lob teargas canisters to disperse the angry mob that has started barricading the road with stone and burning tires to allow smooth flow of traffic.

They blocked the busy Embu-Meru highway insisting that the ban was abrupt and unprocedural.

“We were not given a chance to present our views, the authorities just made this decision without considering how it would affect thousands of families who rely on this trade,”one of the affected traders lamented.


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