In Summary
  • Huge crowds of stranded travellers have been witnessed at various bus parks around the capital city.

  • The situation has forced Easy Coach management to give priority to students going back to school.

Hundreds of passengers, including school going children, are still stranded in various bus stages in Nairobi for the third day in a row.

This is as a result of the ban by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on all long distance night travel by public service vehicles following the deadly bus crash at Migaa that claimed the lives of 36 people.

Huge crowds of stranded travellers have been witnessed at various bus parks around the capital city as they try to board the few available buses for travel before nightfall.

At the Easy Coach bus stage and booking office, a crowd of passengers, mostly heading to western Kenya, were at the lounge waiting for buses to arrive.

Pamela Atieno, with a student supposed to report to St Mary's Yala in Siaya County, told Nation that she has been at the stage for a while now, waiting for her son to get into a bus.

"We have been here since 6am and still no bus has arrived. I don't know at what time I will get a bus," said a worried Ms Atieno.

STUDENTS

The situation has forced Easy Coach management to give priority to students going back to school a chance in order to allow them to beat reporting deadline with adults being told to wait.

"Let us give our pupils and students the first chance so that they don't get to school late or miss reporting," said one of the supervisors of the company.

The supervisor was, however, optimistic that the backlog will be cleared before noon, saying that more buses were on the way coming back to the city.

The situation was almost similar at the Guardian Angel booking office and stage where passengers were also stuck with no buses in sight.

"I just hope we will get a bus soon just as the management has promised us," said a distraught Lillian Namusonge, who was waiting with her children at the booking office.

THARAKA-NITHI

In Tharaka-Nithi County, several passengers spent Tuesday night at Chuka Police Station after the vehicles they were travelling in were impounded by police for flouting the night travel ban.

About 10 vehicles including Matatus destined to Nairobi and a bus heading to Mombasa were netted in the crackdown.

The travellers, among them students, were forced to look for alternative means of transport on Wednesday morning as the errant drivers remained in police custody.

The night travel ban has also led to an acute shortage of public transport in Meru Town where hundreds of passengers were stuck.

Addressing journalists, Chuka/Igambang'ombe OCPD Barasa Sayia said the crackdown will continue until NTSA lifts the ban. 

"The PSVs were found traveling at night against the NTSA directive,” said Mr Sayia. 

He said the ban would reduce road crashes which mostly occur at night claiming the lives of many people.

The officer warned matatu drivers especially those driving 14-seaters who take advantage of the school opening period to make more money by overloading.

THOROUGH CHECKS

He said police will conduct a thorough check to arrest and prosecute the offenders.

Mr Sayia asked travellers to embrace the ban which is meant to safeguard their lives. 

A spot check by Nation in Meru Town established that there were less than 10 matatus available for the Nairobi route.

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