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14 Apr 2018

Nairobi Routes Where Bedbugs Are Terrorising Passengers

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A report has revealed Nairobi matatu routes with the highest prevalence of bedbug infestation that is now threatening to crumble the business.

Kangemi, Kawangware, Thika, Juja, Eastleigh, Jogoo, Rongai, Ngong, Kayole and routes along Mombasa road have been identified as the most affected.

According to conductors plying the routes, passengers unknowingly carry the pests and 'deposit' them in the matatus.

The bedbugs are also said to be transferred by city tenants relocating using public transport.

According to a report by the Standard, commuters shy away from boarding vehicles suspected to be infested by the bedbugs.

“These parasites are now threatening to cripple our business since many people fear to board public service vehicles,” said Chrispin Omollo, a conductor.

It is claimed that old matatus with sponge seats play host to most of the pests. Such matatus are usually preferred by a majority of city residents due to their relatively lower fares.

Following the infestation, most matatus now have stickers urging passengers to contact the respective SACCOs for fumigation services.

Matatu Welfare Association Chairman Dickson Mbugua has urged Nairobi residents to file complaints with bus companies whenever they notice bedbugs.

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