The National Transport and Safety Authority has come out to clear the air over graffiti decorations on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) amid the enforcement of the Michuki rules.
Speaking on Monday, NTSA Director-General Francis Meja explained that matatus can have graffiti as long as they adhere to certain rules set out two years ago.
He noted that action will only be taken against vehicles with decorations on windows and those whose Sacco names are not visible.
“We want to see what is happening inside. Nobody said that all public transport vehicles should have a single colour,” he said.
“There is a misconception that we are against graffiti but that is not the case. We set regulations on graffiti and that is what we will enforce.”
Meja’s statement contradicts an earlier statement by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett who linked graffiti to gangsters and violence.
“I celebrate our culture and love art but not one that celebrates gangsters or violence,” the police boss said.
The police boss argued that the president’s order was being misused by matatu operators.
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 recognized matatu culture was innovative and a source of livelihood for Kenyan youths.