The Matatu Owners Association has officially declared a fare increase of between 40-50%, exposing Kenyans to more burdening challenges. This move is in response to the recent surge in fuel prices.
As per their announcement, fares are set to rise Sh. 30 to Sh. 50 for both peak and off-peak hours in areas around Nairobi and its metropolitan region. The duration for which these new fare rates will be applicable has also been increased to maximize earnings.
Brendan Marshall, an administrative member of MOA said that the new prices were primarily dictated by the fuel prices which increased last night. This caused a ripple effect on various commodities, also forcing them to readjust their prices.
“For instance, a matatu that initially charged Sh. 100 during peak hours will now charge between Sh. 120 or Sh. 150. We will also extend the peak hours which previously lasted from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, and will run up to 10:00 am,” he said during an interview with a local digital media house.
“In the evening, the peak hours will begin an hour earlier and start at 4:00 pm and last till 7:00 pm. During this time, the fare will cost around Sh. 50. After 7:00 pm, the fare will remain a constant Sh. 100.”
Marshall stated that the implemented decision is intended to protect their businesses from the negative impacts caused by the unending rise of fuel prices.
He further revealed that the matatu sector was not given a grace period to adapt to the increased prices and consider several factors at play.
“This will cause a rift between us and our workers because, at the end of the day, targets need to be met…We have to pay insurance premiums, city council averaging Sh. 7,000, traffic officers also expect their cut, so this is a dire situation that needs to be addressed.”
The Matatu Boss has encouraged passengers to use public transportation only when necessary to reduce expenses. If they must use public transport, then they should utilize off-peak fare rates.
Nelson Nduki, the CEO of Super Metro, reassured commuters that the SACCO would convene a meeting to deliberate on the repercussions of the recent fuel price increases.
“In the course of the day, we will decide by how much. In the evening, we will have made a decision.”