chapter  6
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The Logic of Practice of Matatu Entrepreneurship as a Self- Organizing Sector

In the previous chapters, we described how the matatu sector has evolved as a self-organizing sector over more than 50 years to become a formidable and everincreasing multifaceted organization in its structure, composition, extension to other sectors, stakeholders involved, pattern of ownership and geographical extent. These chapters also reveal a sector that has historically, politically and economically struggled for its existence and recognition and whose growth has been achieved largely through competition and to some extent, organization and collaboration. We also understand that matatu entrepreneurship has been moulded and remoulded through negotiation and interaction processes involving different factors and stakeholders with a number of political and economic interests as well as individuals with diverse socio-economic and political statuses and interests. This experience gives a picture of the matatu as a self-organizing informal mode of public transport entrenched within the Kenyan political, economic and social arena, where the politics of the time, who knows who (social capital), and economic capital have played crucial roles. Also revealed is how the different factors and stakeholders involved in the shaping of the sector were also shaped by the political, economic and social changes in Kenya from the colonial period to the present. This consequently creates vitality in the matatu sector in as far as it pertains to discovery, exploitation, expansion and performance in terms of survival, growth, profitability, employment and even how it touches and affects the day to day lives of Kenyans in the public and even private front. Clearly, we are looking at a sector that has developed its ways of seeing, appreciating certain types of vehicles and ways of doing things, blurring the distinction between formal and informal sectors.