Bus company stops services in Kisumu and Kakamega over post election insecurity

October 30, 2017 1:45 PM

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Bus company stops services in Kisumu and Kakamega over post election insecurity

The chaos that was witnessed in Kisumu in protest of the repeat election is still being felt in Kisumu after a renown bus company withdrew its services.

Mash East Africa has terminated its operations in several counties in Western and Nyanza region, TUKO.co.ke has learnt.

Among the areas that have been blacklisted by the Bus company include Kisumu, Mumias, Kakamega and Malaba towns.

According to the management, the move was imminent as the company was seeking to “protect passengers’ lives”.

"We have closed to secure our buses and also the lives of the passengers. If my property is destroyed, no one will pay me, ”Mas East Africa General-Manager Lennox Shallo was quoted by Nation.

Interestingly, the buses were booked full on Wednesday, October 25, a day before the repeat Presidential election.

Several of the areas where Mash East Africa terminated their services have experienced some degree of violence before, during and shortly after the October 26 repeat poll.

In Kisumu for instance, there were mass protests before the poll as IEBC returning officers had a hard time training for the poll. It was a similar case during and after election. Three people died in the process.

Parts of Western Kenya also suffered from some incidences of election-related violence after a bizzarre incident in Vihiga where demonstrators overturned two vehicles.

The withdrawal of bus services by Mash East Africa comes at a time when the IEBC themselves dealt another blow to the Nyanza region.

Elections have been cancelled in the larger Nyanza region on grounds of insecurity and potential violence.

Source: tuko.co.ke

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