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Rogue touts hike bus fare in Nyahururu

04 January 2013, 12:54 Kelvin Wanjohi

Travelers using matatus along the Nyahururu - Ol-Kalou route have complained over the arbitrary increase of bus fares by rogue touts who are cashing in on surging numbers of travelers.

The most affected are those using the Ol Joro Orok - Nyahururu route where fares have doubled from KES 50 - 100.

KES 100 is the usual fare for a complete trip from Nyahururu to Ol Kalou.

An employee of the Nuclear Investment Sacco  in Nyahururu who did not want to be named  said the company had not officially increased the fares, but wayward touts and conductors were cashing in on the festive season.

“From Ol Joro Orok to Nyahururu, the normal fare is KES 50 and from Nyahururu stage to Ol Joro Orok, KES 60 because of the recepting. Any fare above that is illegal as far as we are concerned,” he revealed.

One matatu driver who plies between Nyahururu and Ol Kalou said he and his conductor were helpless as some touts at various stops along the route were the ones calling the shots on how much will be charged.

The law has already been passed outlawing the work of touts but it seems that it has not been implemented fully by the traffic police because the touts are still doing their thing at matatu and bus stops.

“There is no viable employment at the present since jobs are scarce and we do not want to be idle. We have to eat and feed our families. Where will we get our livelihood if we move away from matatu and bus parks and other road stops? The Government should  reconsider our case,”  lamented one of the touts.

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