Just five days to Kenyan’s second general election under the new constitution, Kenyans are running away from the city into the villages.
Matatu operators in Nairobi have taken advantage of Kenyans travelling to their rural homes for the forthcoming general elections to hike the bus fare.
The fare from Nairobi to Kitale, for instance, was between 700 and 1,000 shillings but now has since been increased to between 1,800 and 2,000 shillings.
The fare from Nairobi to Kisumu and Kisii used to be between 700 and 1000 shillings but now has been doubled to between 1900 and 2200 shillings.
It is estimated that more than 2,000 Kenyans are travelling from Nairobi to various rural destination on a daily basis in the past two weeks.
Most are travelling to the villages to vote but some are afraid that the elections might turn chaotic and want to be “at home” when this happens.
The bus fare is expected to move even higher to 3000 from Nairobi to Kitale by Sunday, two days to elections with many Kenyans having to cancel their travelling plans.