Matatu Owners Association (MOA) Mombasa branch says it would be providing free bus rides for residents in the region for this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
MOA branch coordinator Salim Mbarak says the free ride will be on all routes across the coastal city leading to Ronald Ngala Primary School, the venue of the morning special prayers.
Free service for the Eid prayers signifies peace and harmony in line with the significance of the day said Mbarak at a press conference in Mombasa on Thursday.
He said 14 Matatus will be deployed to offer free commuting to the public.
The government has gazetted Monday June 26 as a public holiday to celebrate Eid- el Fitr.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisserry declared the day a public holiday in a special gazette notice published on Tuesday.
Eid- el- Fitr festival of breaking fast is likely to be observed on Sunday June 25 or Monday June 26 in most Muslim countries around the world depending on the sighting of the new moon.
Eid �el- Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan and the beginning of Shawaal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Eid- el -Fitr and Eid el Adha (festival of sacrifice) are the two major festivals of Islam.
Source: Kenya News Agency