In Summary

  • Job Mose, a ticket tout of Nyamira Express, said that fares have doubled.
  • Those travelling to Kisumu County pay between Sh1,200 and Sh1,500, up from the usual Sh800.
  • Antony Ngugi, a driver for Modern Coast Bus Services, said the number of travellers has been rising since last week Friday though he said he was not sure why.

The passenger transport business is booming as Nairobi residents head to their rural homes, where many of them had registered as voters.

A spot check by the Nation at the Country Bus terminus, where most western Kenya-bound buses originate, revealed that most of the travellers are women and children.

Some said they were heading home to vote while others were leaving out of fear of violence that may break out over the outcome of the August 8 elections.

BUSINESS

Job Mose, a ticket seller for Nyamira Express, which takes travellers to destinations in Nyamira, Oyugis and Kendu Bay, said that fares have more than doubled and business is at its peak.

"In normal days, passengers pay Sh600 to these destinations, but this has changed as the number of travellers has more than doubled, driving up fares to between Sh1,200 and Sh1,500," Mr Mose said.

He added that buses are making more trips and more vehicles have been added to meet the demand.

FARES HIKED

Antony Ngugi, a driver forModern Coast Bus Services, said the number of travellers has been rising since last week Friday though he said he was not sure why.

Mr Ngugi said his company is cashing in on the upsurge by raising fares.

For example, those travelling to Kisumu County pay between Sh1,200 and Sh1,500, up from the usual Sh800.

VOTING

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