Postal Corporation of Kenya (Posta) Friday hinted on a possible launch of its planned introduction of ‘post liner’ buses that now hinges on the second piloting stage in the border town of Moyale.
Post Master-General Dan Kagwe in an interview with journalists said that the corporation has previously had numerous discussions with the Information Ministry on how the strategy can be rolled out – even though that will have to wait until the completion of the piloting process in Moyale if the project is to be considered viable.
The agency had begun piloting a two-bus passenger service, Posta Liner, between Nairobi and Busia. The vehicles are expected to carry letters and parcels, in a model that sets it up for cut-throat competition with a host of registered private courier firms.
It is also hoped that the project will not expose the agency into losses and conflict with Matatu operators.
“The overall strategy is to be able to lower the cost of consignments as they travel across the county. The piloting is border to border, after the Busia piloting our next target region is Moyale, which borders Ethiopia and Kenya. This project is meant to prepare us for e-commerce,” said Kagwe, when he flagged off 11 Posta-branded vehicles procured from ISUZU East Africa to be used for mail deliveries across the country.
The flagging-off of the vehicles was also witnessed by Fatuma Hirsi, Principal Secretary, and State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications.
The pilot, already underway globally, is being funded by the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
The roll-out of Post Liner Buses project with an initial introduction of 30 buses – in lease arrangement is expected to cost the company Sh15million and Sh20million monthly with the contracted firms.