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Matatu Sacco turns to prayer to mend image

In a bid to mend its tarnished image, the embattled Umoinner Sacco will hold prayers on Sunday at the PCEA church, Umoja.

Aside from being open to the public, police officers will be special guests at the service.

“We want the police to speak with our drivers and conductors. We want to try as much as possible to adhere to traffic rules,” said the Sacco treasurer John Wanyeri.

He said the prayers had been delayed, waiting until all the impounded vehicles were released from the traffic headquarters.

“God has provided a way for the release of all of our vehicles, they are all operating and we are very happy, we just want to thank Him,” he added speaking to NairobiNews via a phone.

He said the operators had stopped playing loud music and removed all hooting horns as a way of repairing their public reputation after the grisly crash of one of their mini-bus with a train at Mutindwa.

He said the prayers will also serve as a platform to all doubting Thomas’ that the members of the Sacco were not involved in the devil worship-linked Illuminati cult.

The Sacco is the only transport operator in Umoja and fears have been rife that revoking their licences would lead to an increase in insecurity in the area.

Most of the vehicles are owned by young people who are afraid that they would not be able to service the loans they took to buy them .

“I took a Sh1.2 million loan. I was afraid that if the vehicles were not released things would turn from bad to worse,” said Mr Wanyeri.