Capital FM (Nairobi)

Kenya: No More Hustle for Christmas Travelers

Nairobi — Traveling hustles eased within Nairobi on Christmas as fares that had been hiked since Saturday significantly dropped.

A spot check by Capital FM News at the Machakos Country Bus station revealed that few people were travelling up country on Tuesday at much reduced fares as compared to the previous days since Saturday.

For those travelling to Western Kenya for instance, fares had dropped down from Sh2500 to Sh1000.

"Many people traveled on Saturday Sunday and Monday, but today I have been here for more than an hour without filling up the vehicle yet we are charging them very little. We expect though to start coming back those who will leave up country immediately after Christmas," a bus driver who only identified himself as Solo said.

Travelers who spoke to Capital FM News said that they had to wait for the drop in fares while others cited work schedules as the reason they opted to travel on the actual Christmas day.

"We closed the office late on Monday and I have to travel today (Tuesday) to go spend some time with my children over this festive period," said Francis Lwangu who was headed to Sabatia.

Shared Helen Kemunto, another traveler headed to Kisii said "I was here on Sunday and Monday but the fares were hiked so I took a bit of time to make up my mind and I finally decided to travel today (Tuesday)."

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka urged drivers and other road users to be cautious and observe traffic regulations so as to avoid accidents as Kenyans traveled to join their loved ones for Christmas holidays.

"This is time for families to be together, drive safely and observe traffic laws to avoid loss of lives. Let us have a festive season devoid of accidents," the VP said at the Nairobi Chapel where he attended a Christmas church service.

Musyoka said Christmas is an opportunity to reflect on God's gift of love to mankind and emulate the principle of servant leadership that Christ stood for.

He noted that the country needs a "complete transformation for the better as it ushers in the New Year 2013."

Police on Tuesday warned that they will strictly enforce the stringent traffic rules in order to safeguard lives this festive season.

Kenya is implementing tough traffic regulations enhanced recently with stiffer penalties targeting both private and public vehicle operators.

The east African nation has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with at least 2000 people killed in accidents annually.

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