Matatus to be cleaned and disinfected daily

All matatus have to be washed daily to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Seats must be disinfected twice-in the morning and at night. Drivers and conductors will also undergo training on coronavirus.

“Public transport carries more than 90 per cent of the population. That is why we are giving public transport special focus and attention. A problem affecting the transport sector will have a great impact on all other sectors,” said Transport CS James Macharia.

The CS stated that the Health ministry will conduct training at bus stops from 10am to 4pm. As a precaution earlier this week on Tuesday, the Transport Ministry had held talks with all matatu operators, six matatu associations and the SGR personnel to discuss measures to be taken should the country report cases of coronavirus.

They had subsequently agreed that clean water should be available at bus stops and public toilets.

“We told them not to wait for the government to take action,” Macharia said.

All this comes in the wake of the first coronavirus case in Kenya. Meanwhile, Matatu Owners Association chairman, Simon Kimutai has urged all passengers to carry hand sanitizers.