In a bid to curb rising cases of insecurity and lawlessness in the transport industry in Murang’a South, the Deputy County Commissioner has ordered the concerned stakeholders to abide by the requisite regulations in the sector.
Addressing the public at Ciumbu Makuyu, Monday during the 59th Jamhuri day celebrations, the DCC, Gitonga Murungi noted that a clean-up in the boda boda and matatu industry is eminent as a way to curb insecurity and other vices attributed to the sector.
“After meeting with the matatu stakeholders, we issued them a two weeks’ grace period to identify the employees of their Saccos and to give us the names of those harassing passengers but since the two weeks have elapsed without any response, we will crack a whip on those who have not complied “he said.
“Additionally we required them to issue uniforms to their workers as this will help identify the deviant ones who for a long time have been harassing passengers, assaulting them and reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or other substances.” he added.
Murungi noted that all the bodaboda riders have also been ordered to register under a Sacco before a crackdown on all the unregistered ones is effected.
“We want them to be organized to do business as it is no secret that some rogue individuals in the bodaboda industry are used to ferry criminals and distribute illicit brew and drugs” he observed.
Moreover, the DCC noted that the security team is on alert and regular patrols are being carried out to curb any cases of insecurity in Murang’a south.
On his part, Maragua Sub County Police commander Alex Shikondi issued a warning to pub and bar owners who are planning to contravene the law by operating beyond the stipulated hours.
“Pub owners must operate within the dictations of their licenses during the festive season failure to which they will face closure” he warned.
Meanwhile, the DCC strongly condemned a recent unfortunate act in Kangangu area where a civilian attacked a police officer while resisting arrest.
“Let it be very clear that we will not condone such acts and anybody engaging in such will face the full force of the law “he warned.
By Florence Kinyua