Matatus eye East Africa region

By: OTIATO GUGUYU

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Thursday attend the closing ceremony of a regional conference by matatu operators who are pushing for more cross-border access for the sector.

Owners want a flexible licensing regime across East Africa to allow them to operate freely.

President Kenyatta is set to speak about Kenya’s commitment towards enhancing public sector transport in the region through public-private partnerships in the trade, investment and tourism sectors.

The lobbies from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda have been meeting in Nairobi for the past two days to push for a change in the legal framework across East Africa to increase integration.

Matatu Owners Association Chairman Samuel Kimutai said although free movement was advocated across East Africa, local laws made it difficult to cross borders.