Commuters stranded as Kenya Bus staff boycott work

Commuters at KenCom, Ambassadeur, GPO and Bus Station bus stops in Nairobi have for the second day today been left stranded since morning and forced to seek alternative means to their destinations after drivers and conductors of Kenya Bus Service (KBS) busses boycotted work.

The KBS staff instead held peaceful protests and camped at their office headquarters in Kawangware in the outskirts of Nairobi town, saying they are on a go slow and will not commence work until their grievances are addressed.

They lamented over increased levels of corruption in the company’s top management, saying Sh400 is usually slashed from their monthly salaries for payment of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and some other amount for the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) yet the monies are not updated in their NSSF and NHIF systems.

They claim top KBS management pocket the funds and has failed to communicate the matter on several occasions whenever they raise concerns.

They also accused company inspectors of harrasing and sacking them without informing or explaining their mistakes, whenever they are not bribed.

No official from the company was willing to speak to the media when reached for comments but reports say they are held in a crisis meeting with representatives of the drivers and conductors over the matter.

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