Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet has reiterated that Matatu graffiti should be removed ahead of the impending enforcement of the Michuki rules.

This comes after some matatu operators argued that four years ago President Uhuru allowed matatus to be customised. The President in 2014 lifted a ban imposed by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on TV screens, music and graffiti on matatus.

He argued that the globally recognised matatu culture was innovative and a source of livelihood for Kenyan youths.

But on Wednesday, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet talked tough and effectively nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order. The police boss argued that the president’s order was being misused by matatu operators.

“I celebrate our culture and I love art. But not one that celebrates gangsters or violence,” he told Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange in an interview.

Boinnet further admitted that his officers might have been relaxed in enforcing the ban

“Maybe we were a bit relaxed in the past but moving forward we have said enough is enough; if you are a PSV operator you better make sure that your vehicle is in the condition that the law prescribes. If you don’t, don’t say I didn’t warn you,” he said.

“The ‘Michuki Rules’ were not suspended at all; we have always enforced them but at some point some of us relaxed.”

The Michuki regulations require Matatus to have only one colour and a continuous yellow line painted on the sides, back and front.