Kenya: Taxi drivers form National Welfare Association

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Nairobi – Taxi drivers in Kenya have come together to form an association that brings together members from Kenya’s 47 counties to look after their welfare.

The association known as the Mobile Taxi Association of Kenya (MTAK) will include taxi and tuk tuk drivers as well as Boda boda motorcyclists.

The acting president of the new association, Mr. Samuel Ogutu, who is also the president of the Mombasa Boda boda association, said drivers and riders have come together to give themselves a collective voice for positive change in their industry. through effective engagement with government.

According to Ogutu, the association has already set up county committees and identified representatives from eight counties, namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kwale, Kilifi, Uasin Gishu and Kiambu.

Ogutu further disclosed that they plan to inaugurate all county committees within the next 30 days, followed by a national conference at a date to be announced later.

“For too long, taxi drivers in Kenya have not had a strong voice to speak out on regulations and policies that affect their livelihoods. This association will give them the strong voice they need and that they deserve,” Ogutu said.

At a forum at a Mombasa hotel on Monday, MTAK management also praised the government for issuing the Transport Regulations which govern the taxi industry.

They called on the government, through the National Transport and Security Authority (NTSA), to ensure that the implementation of the regulations is done in consultation and with the participation of stakeholders in the sector. ‘industry.

Mr. David Mwangi, secretary of the new association, remarked that while everyone has the right to do business in the country, the drivers want to have fair and equal conditions between the different taxi mobile applications so that they can compete fairly.

“We just want to provide good services to our customers and earn a fair income,” Mwangi said.

MTAK management recognizes that taxi driver issues are not limited to mobile applications and has therefore engaged various partners to discuss initiatives that will benefit taxi drivers.

“We want to put money in the pockets of our members who are taxi drivers,” said Mr. Benjamin Juma who is the treasurer as well as a representative of Tuk tuk drivers.

Taxi drivers interested in joining the Mobile Taxi Association (MTAK) are encouraged to check for details on the association’s website. www.mobiletaxi.org. -Kna

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