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The National Transport and Safety Authority has suspended the license of Kisumu-based  Kitoma Matatu Sacco over contravention of social distancing directive on PSV vehicles to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
The authority suspended their operating licence with immediate effect in a letter dated April 8 signed by NTSA director general George Njao
“On 7th April at around 1145hours, along  Kondele-Kibos Road, Carwash area, National Police service officers conducting random checks for compliance on Covid-19 directives spotted vehicle registration KBL 143F under your sacco carrying 14 passengers,” the letter read in part.
Njao explained that the Authority suspended the license of the Matatu Sacco over contravention of social distancing directive on PSV vehicles to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
Njao further stated that the matatu crew in question also defied police order to stop and instead sped off.
The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus ordered PSV operators to ensure social distance by reducing their passenger’s capacity on March 20.
“In view of the above and in all the directives on social distancing, the authority has suspended your operating license with immediate effect,” Njao said. 
The letter has been copied to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
When announcing new directives, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said to curb the spread of the virus, 14-seater vehicles should carry a maximum of eight passengers, while those with a capacity of 25 will carry 15 passengers.
The move, the CS said, is meant to ensure the government’s directive of 1.5 meters distance is adhered to.
Matatus plying Kisumu town service were notorious for defying the directive by carrying full capacity.
The action taken by the Authority will bring sanity on the road as Kenyans battle the spread of the pandemic.