Makueni County Commissioner (CC) Maalim Mohammed has said that matatu operators and Boda boda riders risk prosecution for flouting Covid-19 protocols.
Mr Mohammed lamented that the matatu Saccos carry excess passengers more than the required number of nine, which is against covid-19 regulation of observing social distance, whereas Boda boda riders carry three passengers.
“The Matatu Saccos and Boda boda riders who flout the covid-19 protocols will have their licenses withdrawn and also face legal action,” said the administrator on Monday when he flagged off Covid-19 Community sensitization campaign carried by Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
While saying the campaign will be conducted for three days, Mohammed further appealed to the residents to stop boarding Matatus which are already full as a way of avoiding contracting the corona virus.
Consequently, the county commissioner challenged chiefs and their assistants to work closely with the police to enforce the law, in a bid to combat the pandemic that has impacted negatively on the economy.
Mohammed revealed that the county has three active cases of covid-19, while saying the hotspot areas include Wote, Makindu and Kibwezi towns and Kilome.
“So far, the county has recorded 1,115 covid-19 cases since March 2020, with 898 recoveries. However, 1,093 of the cases were locally transmitted which translates to 6.7% positivity rate,” said Mohammed.
He, however, said that the only way to combat the pandemic is through observing basic hygiene and follow covid-19 regulations as stipulated by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
By Ronald Rono