Kenya: Nairobi residents rush to hinterland at last minute as fares soar

Nairobi – Kenyans flocked to bus stations in Nairobi’s central business district (CBD) on Friday in an attempt to make it into the interior of the country for the festivities, the majority of them expressing their anger at the increase in tariffs.

A spot check by Capital FM found that fares were being increased with public vehicle operators like James Njau of Likana Sacco and Reuben Mosoku of Kisii Shuttle, saying demand was high with few vehicles available.

“There are a lot of people compared to a time like this last year (2020). The Kenyans have decided to go to the village in large numbers and we have to balance because we are going to Nakuru and our vehicles are coming back to Nairobi empty. We only transport people to the interior of the country, but there is no one coming from the interior of the country to Nairobi, which is why the tariff is high, ”Njau said.

His colleague Mosoku added, “We have very few vehicles and there are very many customers and you know that when the demand is high, the tariff is automatically triggered. “

Jane Wanjiru and Mercy Kawira, who were traveling to Nyeri and Meru respectively, said they had no choice but to go partying with their families despite the price hikes.

“I am going to Karatina and we were charged 700 on the normal rate which varies between 300 and 350. It is double now and you know that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still here and our business is not going are not yet restored, and schools are one week away from opening, ”Wanjiru said.

It was a different case, however, for Aaron Kirui who wanted to travel to Kericho but chose to stay in Nairobi after finding out he had to pay triple the usual amount.

“I came here ready to go to Kericho but judging from the things I am going to spend my Christmas in Nairobi. We normally pay between 800 and 1000 to go to Kericho but they now charge 2500. It is too much and it doesn’t ‘there is no money,’ Kirui said.

Grunts were also seen on major highways as Kenyans left the capital in a last minute race.

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