Matatu operators plying the Kisumu-Kendu Bay route have decried the deteriorating state of the road which they say has vastly affected their business collections and upped losses in terms of vehicle maintenance.
The operators said their collections have immensely dropped owing to the bad road network which has also resulted to a dwindle in the number of passengers.
Levis Ochieng, a conductor on the route who works for Determination Transport Company disclosed that business has hit an all time low whereby in a day they only collect as meager Kshs.800 as opposed to the regular Kshs.4, 000.
Ochieng further revealed that from Pap Onditi in Nyakach District to Kisumu they used to charge Kshs.120 over the past three weeks, but have now been forced to reduce the fare to Kshs.80 owing to the low number of passengers.
George Okesi, a conductor with Lacoon Transporters also decried the low collections but expressed optimism that things will start improving as schools are expected to close down for August holidays from next week.
However, commuters along the route are happy with low fares, arguing that they have in the past been over charged by the conductors.
Even so, they appealed to the Government to consider repairing certain sections of the road and complete the ongoing construction works to make it easier for those plying the route.
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