Matatu operators make a kill
08 May 2013, 13:37
As students mark the end of first term holidays, Kisumu Bus Park was fully packed with students struggling to get transport back to their respective schools even as teachers threaten to go on strike within 14 days.
Matatu operators have strategically positioned themselves to make a kill in the short period students will be travelling back to different learning institutions across the country.
Following the current rush, there are more passengers than matatus can handle thus prompting conductors to hike fares.
Paul Oduor, a driver along Kisumu - Kericho road, said business was booming and hopes to laugh all the way to the bank for the entire of this week.
Commuters destined for Migori from Kisumu had to part with KES 700 up from KES 500, while those travelling from Kisumu – Kericho had to pay KES 350 up from KES 250. Passengers travelling from Kisumu – Ahero paid KES 100 up from KES 70.
Hawkers plying their trade at the bus park also had a field day as they sold most of their wares to students.
A spot check at Nakumatt, Tuskys, Ukwala and Yatin Super Markets confirmed that parents were on a shopping spree as each of them tried to ensure their children got all that they needed for the second term.
However, traffic police were on red alert to ensure no one broke the traffic rules by ensuring that passengers wore seat belts, matatus had speed governors, drivers and conductors carried valid driving licenses and their certificates of good conduct.
Kisumu Base Commander Jane Mbevi said they will be more vigilant with the matatu touts and drivers to curb any ugly incidents or accidents.
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