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matatu

(məˈtɑːtuː)
n
a loosely regulated and very popular form of public transport in Kenya, usually a minibus or converted truck
[C20: from Swahili]
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Two people suffered serious injuries after an oil truck rammed into a matatu and caused multiple accidents at Kambiti on the Kenol-Sagana highway.
Five people died on Thursday morning when a 14-seater matatu rolled and landed in a ditch at Kipsoen area on the Bomet-Kisii highway.One passenger died on the spot while four others succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment at Longisa County Referral Hospital.
NAyROBy (CyHAN)- Seven passengers were killed on Sunday afternoon and scores seriously wounded in an explosion targeting a matatu in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
''This is part of the Matatu Code of Conduct that was endorsed in August last year and we are just about to start its implementation,'' said Dickson Mbugua, chairman of the Matatu Welfare Association (MWA).
The jalopies were owned by the not so well-to-do, and creaked and belched their way only along the shorter Nairobi routes, charging only 'mangotele matatu', which is Kikuyu for three 10-cent pieces, per trip per person.
Lately, nothing in this East African capital of four million has been polarising people quite like the humble matatu.
Rift Valley matatu owners have raised a red flag over infiltration of organised criminal gangs in operation and management of bus termini which they say has resulted in more than Sh50 million losses per month.
Matatu operators now want the government to set up a training institution targeting the public transport sector.The school, they say, should be exclusively dedicated to training matatu drivers and conductors.
In a CCTV footage recovered by police, the woman is seen boarding the matatu that plies the Kileleshwa-Lavington route.
A nine-year-old girl collapsed as she alighted from a matatu in Nyeri after she was allegedly molested by a man.
The accident involved a 14-seater Nissan matatu belonging to MAPTRA Sacco.
Mombasa is a vibrant city with an even livelier matatu culture.