Free matatu rides for muslims at end of fast

Muslims in Mombasa will enjoy free matatu rides as they end their fast during Idd-ul-Fitr at chosen pick up and drop off points.

Idd-ul Fitr will either be on Wednesday evening.

Matatu Owners Association Coast coordinator Salim Mbarak said they will release 15 matatus and dispatch three at each of five stages to pick up and drop muslims who will be going for Swalatul Idd (Idd-ul-Fitr prayers).

“We will pick and drop Muslims at Likoni Naivas, Mtwapa, Bamburi Mwisho, KFA Mwembe Tayari and Coast Bus stage, Changamwe,” Mbarak said.

He advised matatu operators against increasing fares during Idd when Muslims will be out in large numbers to celebrate at different venues. 

Tuesday will be the 30th day of Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

The Kenyan government has now declared Idd-ul-Fitr a national holiday across all member of the public.

Sheikh Juma Ngao, chairman Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council was pleased by this announcement and praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i for being mindful of muslims

They have given muslims prominence and Islam respect. That is great,” Ngao said. 

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