There were fare spikes from Kisii and Nyamira to various parts of the country a day to official
school re-opening on Monday.
In Nyamira, most travellers lamented staggering fare increments as they planned to send their
children back to school.
They also said the fewer number of vehicles on the road would not match the number of
travellers leaving upcountry for towns.
A spot check on Sunday in Nyamira town showed some buses charging in the excess of Sh 800
especially those plying the Kisii-Nairobi route.
Buses travelling to the coastal region were charging Sh 4, 000 from the usual Sh 2500.
Travellers leaving for Eldoret and Kitale, however, said they were paying normal rates of
Sh1000 and Sh 1300 respectively.
It was the same rates for those travelling to Busia who were paying Sh 1000 as well.
At Transline, long queues formed as travellers rushed to check out of Kisii. It was the only the
company charging normal rates of the dozens of firms plying out of the county capital.
Firm officials said they doing so because they understand the pain most Kenyans are going
through in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
"It has surely been a difficult 2020 and we know how COVID-19 has affected people and our
customers are no exception," said Reuben Moseti.
He said the company has a strict policy of not changing rates regardless of the season.
The firm's buses currently charge Sh 1500 to Nairobi and Sh 600 to Kisumu from Kisii.
Those going to Bungoma are paying up to Sh 800 while those going to Eldoret are still paying
Travellers going to Nakuru were coughing up Sh 1000 from Sh 600.
By Darlington Mose