Thousands of people from Nairobi and other major towns migrated to their rural homes for Christmas and New Year celebrations. At least there is enough room to walk through the streets of Nairobi now.
As it is the norm, bus fares went through the window. Those traveling to Western Kenya had to pay through the nose to reach their “homes.” Some were paying as much as 2,500 shillings per person to travel.
Come January, the same thousands of people will be struggling to catch any available bus back to “Nairobi.” Again, fares back to Nairobi will double and people will have to pay or risk losing their jobs.
Now, are you in the village? Would you like to travel back to Nairobi? Did you book your ticket in advance? If you did not book your ticket in advance, you have to read this or we shall have to watch you on TV.
Travel back between 27th and 31st. Between these dates, it is cheaper coming back to Nairobi that it is traveling from Nairobi. For example, now, from Nairobi to Kakamega, people are paying 2,200 shillings but from Kakamega to Nairobi, people are paying 1,000 shillings.
Between January 1 and 10th, traveling from your rural homes to Nairobi will be a goldmine for the PSV owners. To make matters worse, pupils and students will be going back to schools between January 4 and 6.
If you can’t make it to travel before January 1, then “book” someone who will give you a lift because you will most definitely need it. So, you better start being friends with those car owners who went to the village.
There will be a lot of confusion in January because many people will be trying to get back to their workplaces on time. For convenience, don’t carry the whole village in terms of luggage. Carry what you can easily move around with.
Here is a secret that will help you get back to Nairobi: fare. Make sure you have fare. Happy New Year.