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Bus firms lay off 540 staff after NTSA purge

The wreck of the bus that was involved in an accident. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The wreck of the bus that was involved in an accident. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Some 540 Mombasa Raha and Buscar company workers have been rendered jobless after the firms’ offices were closed down.

Company’s bus director Abubakar Said said they could not sustain the workforce after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) impounded their 12 vehicles. This is after one of the buses was involved in an accident on May 22 on Mombasa-Nairobi highway killing 25 passengers.

“We’re sorry about the accident but we should not be penalised due to it. We did not want to close down but we had no choice. We are suffering. I have to let my workers go,” said Mr Said.

The affected offices are in Lamu, Mpeketoni, Witu, Malindi, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Bamburi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala, Garissa and Hola.

He said the Mombasa head office has been closed for two weeks now.

“Our woes started after the accident. Our buses have been impounded in Kijipwa, Voi, Malili, Athi River, Machakos and Salgaa, among other areas. Others are grounded in our workshop,” said Mr Said.

He said the NTSA is penalising them due to the accident involving a company linked to theirs.