Fare games as Kenyans travel upcountry to vote

Judy Akuma @PeopleDailyKe

Confusion engulfed the transport sector in Nairobi yesterday as fares were hiked on some routes and drastically reduced on others. A spot check at some matatu termini yesterday revealed that some vehicles plying Mount Kenya region routes had lowered their fares to encourage people to travel to their rural areas to participate in tomorrow’s fresh presidential poll.

But people intending to travel to western parts of the country had to contend with hiked fares and reduction of the number of vehicles. According to Rockers Sacco that plies Nairobi-Embu route chairman Steven Mungai, the Sacco will be charging Sh100 from 3pm today and tomorrow down from Sh400 to ensure all those intending to travel to vote are not locked out of the exercise for lack of fare.

“We have agreed to reduce the fares from Sh400 to Sh100 from today until voting is over. We are doing this to show our support to President Uhuru Kenyatta and by lowering the fare, we will ensure that no voter is unable to travelto cast ballot,” he said.

At 2NK Matatu Sacco that plies Nairobi-Karatina-Nyeri route, fares have been reduced from the normal Sh300 to Sh250 by yesterday. According to an employee James Njenga, the move is aimed at ensuring no passenger is unable to travel on the voting day.

Kenatco Sacco Ssupervisor Newton Kariuki and Kukena Sacco’s David Mwaura both supported the move by the other Saccos saying they have agreed to drastically reduce the fares today and tomorrow to ensure all registered voters are able to reach their homes to vote.

Mololine Services Limited has joined the list of personalities and corporate firms that will offer free transport during Election Day on tomorrow. However, the situation was different in saccos plying Nyanza region routes.

At Machakos Country bus terminus, passengers were stranded for lack of vehicles. According to a passenger who sought anonymity, fares have been hiked from the normal Sh800 to Sh1,500 yesterday and despite having booked in advance, he had not secured a vehicle by 3pm yesterday.

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