Bus companies plying the Uganda-Kenya route have recorded a surge in the number of travelers following the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta. On Saturday, pockets of riots broke out in several parts of Kenya following the court ruling. According to reports from Kenya, Police used to tear gas to disperse the rioters believed to be supporters of Raila Oginga Odinga in the slums of Nairobi as well as in the lakeside city of Kisumu.
Raila was the first runner up in the March 4th presidential elections. At least two people lost their lives and 11 were injured in the Kisumu riots. As a result, Bus companies operating the Kampala- Nairobi- Mombasa road changed route from Busia border to Malaba to avoid the riotsin Kenya’s Western and Nyanza provinces. Lilian Samuel, the Operations Officer Modern Coast Express says that apart from a change in schedule on Saturday, the number of travelers has shot up.
The anxiety that had enveloped transport operators to Kenya has quickly lifted. Alex Mulinda, a Transport Operator says that as business people they expect the new leadership in Kenya will foster a conducive business environment across the border.
Cross border shuttle operators in Kampala are also optimistic that transport business will pick up after the court ruling.
An observation by redpepper online at Kampala Coach, Mash Coach and Easy Coach offices showed a streaming number of passengers making their bookings.