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The 5 Worst Nairobi Matatu Saccos

By May 2020, at least 400 Kenyans had died through road accidents. This is 13.8% more compared to a similar period last year.

This is as a result of vehicles flouting traffic rules such as speeding, overlapping and drunk driving.

Pedestrians are the most affected as 154 have died this year which is a spike from the 134 who succumbed last year.

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Most accidents involve public service vehicles which result in the death or injuring of multiple passengers. NTSA has singled a section of matatu Saccos responsible for several accidents within the city. They include;

1. Umoinner (Town-Umoja)

Umoinner, which plies the Nairobi CBD to the Umoja route, is one of the most notorious Saccos when it comes to overlapping and speeding.

The most recent case was on New Year’s day when a bus belonging to Umoinner Sacco hit a motorbike at the Church Army roundabout. One woman died and four other people were badly injured including the bodaboda rider.

Reports indicate that the bus was escaping an oncoming car when it hit the bodaboda.

According to eyewitnesses and passengers, the Umoinner bus had been speeding from the Nairobi CBD and was headed to Donholm, when the accident happened.

2. Embassava (Town – Embakassi)

Embassava buses have also been found on the wrong arm of the law several times. In March 2019, a 31-year-old man Justus Kilonzo was pushed off a speeding Embassava bus after a wrangle with a tout. Police reports indicate that Kilonzo hit his head on a tarmac road before being run over by the Embassava bus. Kilonzo was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital by a Red Cross ambulance but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

But the worst case was in 2014 when some Embassava Sacco touts stripped a woman naked near Accra Road for allegedly dressing indecently. After a heated uproar by Kenyans, the Sacco was suspended for a few days.

3. Kenya Mpya (Town – Thika)

The Kenya Mpya buses are synonymous with accidents because of how they are driven.

On January 22, 2020, a Kenya Mpya bus rammed a canter lorry that was transporting bricks. 21 passengers were injured. The driver of the bus was trying to avoid the lorry when the accident occurred.

In April 2019, a Kenya Mpya bus ran over a woman’s leg as the driver was trying to escape traffic police. A month later, another bus from the same Sacco rammed a Kaka Traveller’s bus causing it to roll over at Muthaiga, Nairobi.

4Forward Travellers (Kayole-Kariobangi-Town-Gikomba)

Forward Travellers’ touts have been previously accused of extorting passengers. The touts lie to the passengers about the bus fare only to hike the price once the passenger boards the matatu.

The matatus are handled by at least three conductors who distribute themselves across the vehicle and collect the bus fares.

5. Githurai 45 buses (Githurai-Town)

The buses are known for speeding, which puts the lives of its passengers at great risk.

On June 13, 2018, a conductor of a Zamzam bus, which plies the town to the Githurai route, was on the spot for allegedly pushing a lady out of a moving bus. Doreen Kinya argued with the tout of the bus after he failed to drop her at her destination. The former Nairobi Institute of Business Studies student, who fell on the Thika Super Highway, succumbed to her injuries.

Despite the incident, little has been done to improve the service of this matatus.

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