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New law to protect taxi business, says Kidero

Taxi drivers from outside the city will find it tough plying their trade in the city as the county moves to impose tough sanctions to protect its own.

Governor Evans Kidero said that they were working on a law to regulate how the business was conducted.

“We are in the process of passing a law that will ease how you run your business. We will make sure that no taxis come into the county to eat into your business,” he told the drivers.

He was speaking when he handed back number plates for taxis which had been seized during a strike on March 6.

The drivers who had been out of work for five weeks, now seemed ready to accept the Governor’s terms following the period they could not earn their livelihood.

The taxi operators seemed a subdued, humble lot, far from the defiant, boisterous group that had forced Dr Kidero to walk to work by blocking all roads leading to City Hall.

They were ready to sing praises for the Governor after he proved adept at playing hardball.

“We want to thank the Governor because our members have suffered. Five weeks is a long time for parents. We apologise because we now realise that if we had followed the law we wouldn’t have suffered so,” said Kenya Taxi Cab Association secretary general Peter Wanjama.

The Governor waived all fees payable to the county.