Modern Coast defiant as it vows to ply international routes despite government ban after a series of accidents.
A day after the government canceled its operating license, Modern Coast Express Limited declared that it will continue running on the Nairobi-Kampala, Nairobi-Kigali, and Nairobi-Bujumbura routes.
The troubled bus company, however, insisted that it would follow the Transport Ministry’s order and stop operating the services between Nairobi and Malindi and Nairobi upcountry.
Kipchumba Murkomen, Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, issued the order on Friday.
The company stated on its Facebook page that the Nairobi and Malindi and Nairobi upcountry routes will stay suspended until further notice following the suspension of its operating license.
However, the company reassured its clients that it would keep providing courier services.
“Customers who had booked advance tickets on the affected routes shall be booked to travel with another bus company to their respective destinations, same date and at the same time.
All our offices countrywide shall remain open for parcel services and cross-border bookings. We greatly regret the impact of this unexpected action on your day’s plans as we urge you to kindly stay close to our communication channels for subsequent updates,” said the company.
The suspension came hours after the bus company was involved in another accident in Uganda killing six people on Friday.
Authorities blamed adverse weather for the head-on collision between the Modern Coast Bus-Annex bus Oxygen and a Rwandan bus along the Ntungamo-Kabale Highway in western Uganda, which resulted in six fatalities and numerous injuries.
And on Wednesday, a bus belonging to the company killed one person while reversing at Makutano junction along Kisii Nyamira road where their offices are located after its driver failed to control the vehicle thereby hitting a stationary motor vehicle, Toyota Hiace, registration number KCP 599X, owned by Edgerton Njori Sacco.