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Festive struggles as residents from Nairobi travels to the village for the festive season

Nairobi residents planning to travel to the village for the Christmas and New Year festivities are struggling to find buses. The regular buses moving from the Nairobi upcountry route have already been booked to capacity up to December 27 which have caused a big trouble due to lack of enough transport facilities.

“I had been trying to get a bus that would take me to Migori on December 19. I tried to make calls but was told all the buses travelling from Nairobi to Migori had been fully booked – until December 27,” said a citizen by the name Vincent Mose who is believed to be a university student in Nairobi.

Many travelers are already complaining about increased bus fares – as some transporters are looking to take advantage of the rising demand.

“I managed to get a Nissan shuttle from Nairobi to Migori and I paid Ksh2,000 instead of the usual; Ksh1,700. I have a feeling the prices will go even higher from this coming weekend,” said Mose who travelled on December 19.

There is some concern from some of the travelers that unscrupulous motorist could take advantage of the rising demand to introduce into the roads unroadworthy vehicles – which could lead to accidents.

“The upcountry routes are long and need drivers with experience on such long stretches. These are not roads for city matatu drivers to play on,” Caleb a resident of Nairobi stated.“It is time the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) remained hawkeyed to ensure unroadworthy vehicles are removed from the roads during this festive season,” he said.

Current report released by the Cabinet secretary of Transport Kipchumba Murkomen showed that 3,999 people have died as a result of road accidents from January 1 to December 7, 2023. The report attributed 70pc of the accidents to private vehicles with public service vehicles accounting for 40pc of the accidents which is a call to all drivers to drive responsibly.

Official from Easy Coach Bus service, Fred Odoyo, said that most of their buses moving from Nairobi to upcountry routes like Migori had been fully booked from early in the month of December. The only available space for those travelling from Nairobi is from December 27,” Fred Odoyo Official from Easy Coach Bus service stated.

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