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Modern Coast still in operation despite NTSA ban

By Nyaboga Kiage January 25th, 2023 2 min read

Public service bus company Modern Coast is still in operation despite the company being banned by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

This is after, the company advertised that it would be operating between Kigali in Rwanda and Nairobi. The company also said that it will be operating between Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi.

According to the advertisement, the Kigali-Nairobi trip will cost passengers Sh4,000 while the Bujumbura-Nairobi journey will cost Sh10,000.

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“You want to explore. You want to connect with the new friends? Travel with us today and we will ensure we get you to your loved ones safely. Book your ticket through our website or reach us through our inbox,” the advertisement on Facebook reads in part.

Posts on the company’s social media pages indicate that it has also been advertising rates for different destinations in Kenya and Uganda.

On December 30, 2022, the government for a second time in a year suspended the license of Modern Coast Express Limited amidst questions around the lifting of an earlier ban in July.

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The suspension came hours after a bus belong to the company was involved in an accident in Uganda in which six people lost their lives and several others injured.

The accident involved the Modern Coast bus and a Rwandan bus which collided head-on along the Ntungamo-Kabale Highway in western Uganda, with the authorities blaming bad weather.

“I have directed NTSA to suspend all operations of the Modern Coast bus company with immediate effect, as investigations into the accident continue. The bus company must also ensure that all passengers who had booked with them are facilitated to allow for safe and seamless travel to their destinations,” Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Kipchumba Murkomen, said while announcing the ban.

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