How city cartel rakes in billions from matatu owners with police help

Matatu industry losing Ksh. 47 billion annually to cartels

What you need to know:

  • Investigations by the Nation show that bus owners part with between Sh30,000 and Sh100,000 to launch operations on a route.
  • Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai said the extortion ring runs deep in the sector.
  • The KBS boss said a majority of the highly "pimped" vehicles are those operating for the sake of it, but largely in money laundering.

Kenya’s public transport industry loses at least Sh47 billion every year to a network of cartels that run the sector — including organised criminal gangs, rogue traffic police officers, county askaris and touts.

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