By Mary Kamande
Matatu operators protesting the entry of new players on Monday morning paralysed transport operations in Thika town.
The rowdy operators also paralysed operations at the Municipal Council of Thika and the local DC’s office protesting the entry of a new operator.
Chania Travellers Sacco chairman Michael Kariuki said the Kenya Mpya buses had entered into the market without following the laid down rules.
“They have been operating without licence from the Transport Licensing Board and we won’t let it happen,” said Kariuki.
He added that the municipal council had allowed the buses into Thika town but they (operators based in Thika) had been barred from extending their services to Nyeri, Nanyuki, Karatina, Embu and Kirinyaga.
Mr Kariuki and other matatu officials led the matatu owners and their crews in withdrawing over 3,000 vehicles from the roads, blocked the main terminus with their vehicles and drove others to the council offices.
They were, however, prevented them from gaining entry into the offices.
Area MP William Kabogo was later allowed into the offices and the protestors followed him in but the town clerk was not available.
Thika West DC Jeremiah Gicheru said only two Kenya Mpya buses had been allowed to operate from the town by the TLB but it was the role of the council to police the routes.