Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has called for the sacking of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director General Francis Meja.
Speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with matatu owners’ representatives drawn from 11 counties, Waititu slammed NTSA over their new proposal to face out 14-seater matatus.
The county boss faulted the transport regulator for failing to consult and involve matatu owners in the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) planning despite their businesses being the most affected by the move.
“Ninety percent of PSVs in Kenya are 14-seater matatus with more than one million Kenyans depending on the sector for their livelihood,” said Waititu.
He further noted that no one has the right to implement measures that will see one million Kenyans lose their source of income.
Waititu also hit out at Meja, accusing him of oppressing innocent Kenyans who voted for the Jubilee government in last year's polls.
He asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the situation by sacking Meja.
“Meja is oppressing citizens who voted for the Jubilee government. He is very arrogant and we would like to ask President Uhuru Kenyatta to send him home and replace him with people who respect others in order for the matatu industry to prosper,” added Waititu.
He further argued that BRT should be under the leadership of matatu owners and not wealthy individuals who don’t understand how the sector operates.
The stakeholders who attended the meeting appointed Waititu as the patron of the Mt Kenya Matatu Owners Association and BAC (BRT Affected Counties) patron.