Matatu operators and traders protest over closure of Migori’s Posta bus terminus

Touts, matatu operators and traders have protested the closure, saying it will render them jobless.

Tuesday January 12 2016

A section of Migori Town. A row has erupted

A section of Migori Town. A row has erupted between matatu operators, traders and the county government following the closure of the popular Posta bus terminus in the town. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ELISHA OTIENO
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A row has erupted in Migori Town between matatu operators, traders and the county government following the closure of the popular Posta bus terminus.

Touts, matatu operators and traders have protested the closure, saying it will render them jobless.

Those affected have accused three of their former leaders of instigating the closure after they were sacked for failing to account for their funds.

But County Secretary Christopher Rusana and the county executive member in-charge of Transport Moses Chamwada maintained that the terminus had been shut permanently following endless fights between two factions of touts and matatu operators seeking to control the facility.

“Everybody will now operate from the main bus park located near the open air market.

“Migori Transport Sacco members and their Biafra counterparts have had protracted battles which is now undermining security and harmony in the town,” said Mr Rusana.

POLICE KEEP VIGIL

Mr Chamwada said police will be keeping vigil at the Posta grounds daily to keep the protesting touts at bay.

“We will not reverse our decision. It was arrived at following broad consultations with the security agencies,” he stated.

Migori OCPD Moses Chepyegon told all matatu operators to immediately relocate to the designated bus park.

“Anybody flouting this directive will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.

But secretary of the Migori County Transport Sacco Paul Ochieng opposed the closure saying it was instigated by former officials.

“Although we have had our differences, it did not warrant the closure of the terminus,” he added.

Mr Philip Oyola from the Biafra group also opposed the closure and asked the county government to rethink the decision.

Director of Administration in the governor’s office Mr Dominic Akugo said the decision was taken to restore peace and stability in the town.

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