420 matatu saccos operating in Nairobi illegally

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Nairobi County has stopped issuing new licences to matatu saccos after it emerged there are more than 400 unregistered saccos are operating in the city.

According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), only 272 matatu saccos are registered to operate in the capital city. However, records by City Hall indicate that there are 692 registered matatu saccos in Nairobi which means that 420 saccos are not registered by NTSA.

NTSA’s  Licensing manager Jackson Mutua said the 272 are the registered saccos in Nairobi excluding those operating outside Nairobi but end their trips in the capital.

This emerged during a Nairobi County Assembly Transport committee that had raised concern over proliferation of unregistered matatu saccos in the Central Business District.

“This is a serious matter because if they are not registered then how do they pay for the seasonal parking and where does the money go to?” posed the committee’s chairperson Joyce Muthoni.

NTSA recommended that no more saccos should be registered by City Hall.