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Coast Muslims to get 24-hour PSV services during Ramadhan

Muslims gathered for prayers during Ramadhan last year on 17 June 2016. FILE PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG
Muslims gathered for prayers during Ramadhan last year on 17 June 2016. FILE PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG 

Public transport vehicles at the Coast region will will be available to the public for 24 hours during the holy month of Ramadhan.

This is according to Coast Matatu Owners Association regional coordinator Salim Mbarak Salim, who said public service vehicle (PSV) owners have agreed to extend their services until late hours once Muslims begin fasting.

“We have agreed with the operators to extend working hours to the routes that do not operate 24 hours for the sake of the Muslim faithful who will be going for Tareweh prayers at night,” said Mr Salim.

He cautioned matatu operators against taking advantage of the situation to hike fares, while urging PSV operators not to use insulting language during the holy month.

“I plead with drivers and conductors to be humble, don’t insult your passengers when they are observing their fast...We have also urged security bosses to enhance security,” he said while wishing Muslim faithful blessings for Ramadhan.

The holy month of prayer is set to start on either this Friday or Saturday, depending on the sighting of the moon and confirmation from chief Kadhi Ahmed Mudhar.