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Boarding Some Matatus in Nairobi is No Different from Boarding a Tuktuk

If you reside within Nairobi then you'll understand the context of this article very well, boarding some Matatus in Nairobi, especially fourteen seaters is no different from boarding a Tuktuk or even a motorbike.Of course while in Nairobi, the cost of boarding a Matatu is very cheap, almost half or even less the cost of boarding a bike or a Tuktuk to the same destination. So, many will eventually go for a matatu.

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But some Matatus in Nairobi are extremely old, that's what I mean by "no difference boarding them or using a Tuktuk". You'll be seated in them taking in all chunks of exhaust fumes coupled up with dust. And as if that is not enough, you'll be shaking throughout your journey and only praying you reach your destination safely. Just like Tuktuk, the matatus are never stable. These are the same matatus that overload to the brim, then use panya routes (shortcuts) to their destination, to escape the traffic officers, they are rarely insured. And because these panya routes are also very dusty, pedestrians will be sated with dust by the time they alight. And still not enough, some matatus have very worn out floors; pedestrians will be seeing the road throughput their journey and by the time they reach their destinations, most of them become dizzy.

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If you reside around Outer Ring Road, areas of Babadogo, Lucky Summer or Allsops, you must have used a Sacco called Freestyle or Lifestyle, either to or from Kariobangi Roundabout. If you reside in Madaraka , there are these St.Mary vehicles, they are never new. Those are just two examples, but there are a couple of them. I fail to understand what criteria NTSA uses when inspecting these vehicles, but they are not at all safe for pedestrians and even the operators.

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Another problem is that pedestrians using these matatus, are never sure of getting to their destinations, not until they get there. Why? First, operators usually put the least fuel possible, like for two hundred shillings, the vehicles at times run out of fuel while on the way. Secondly, and most common problem is engines at times fail in the middle or some dangerous panya routes leaving pedestrians stranded. Even though these matatus are source of livelihoods to their operators, the operators should try service them regularly at least to make them safe for pedestrians.

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