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Passengers travelling from Thika to Naivasha yesterday were left stranded after matatu operators plying the  route went on strike over alleged traffic police harassment.
TKN Sacco drivers and conductors withdrew their services vowing not to resume work until the situation their grievances were met.
Marcus Karimi, a driver, alleged that police were colluding with car owners to harass the drivers and subsequently collect bribes.
“We have realized that our employers are working with police to harass us. The police especially at the flyover area have given us a very hard time. We are now tired,” he said.
The drivers said they were shocked by what they called betrayal from their employers, people they say are expected to be on their side.
“These people are so mean and heartless. They always make sure that they siphon our savings yet we are working for them,” added another driver.
TKN Sacco matatus shuttles passengers from Thika to Naivasha via Gatundu and 'Flyover' route.
The crew is now asking for the re-constitution of their Sacco leadership saying the current management is responsible for their woes.
“TKN sacco leaders are aware of this and they do nothing about it. We are also assuming that they benefiting in one way or another so we want them to leave office and we bring in young men to serve us,” said a conductor who requested anonymity.

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