Matatu Chronicles – Where the ladies at?

Ushawai ingia mat, then after scanning you’re like ‘dayum…wea the ladies at? 🤔‘ As i head to the back seat the thoughts running thru my mind be sooo wild hadi inabidi akili ijiambie ‘Calm down Agent Salt😏… nobody be trying to kidnap you in the middle of the day, kwanza na hii jua na vumbi ya ukambani🙄‘.

As i head to my seat, i already know who am gonna hit first should some funny business arise…na hata saa hiyo majamaa wa wenyewe hata hawana shughli na mimi🤦🏽‍♀️. There was a time majioni nilikuwa naingia mat hapo GM and after noticing there were no ladies, i hesitated kuketi, the dudes at the back seat ‘Madam…madam…ingia tu hata sisi tulishuku hii gari pia sababu haina msichana’

The irony of this ride(attached pic) was that no matter how many guys alighted bado tu ni wanaume walikuwa wanapanda, n still we were carrying excess.


By Wakio Mwakio.


MyRide Africa Tracking COVID-19 cases in Public Transport

Following the Covid-19 scourge and the ever increasing cases in Kenya, several measures have been put in place by the Government to try and curb the spread of the virus. These include reducing passenger capacity to ensure distancing is observed within the matatu, mandatory wearing of masks for both crew and passengers and ensuring each passenger is sanitized upon boarding the matatu. Policemen have also been deployed to help enforce these measures.

To boost these efforts, we at MyRide Africa took it upon ourselves to join the battle by using our creativity, technical know-how and domain expertise in public transportation to help fight this menace.

We introduced the passenger manifest feature to be used by crew for quick commuter check-ins into their matatus and reinforced the trips feature for use by commuters for personal record keeping.

Overview of Features that are useful for the fight against Covid-19

1. Passenger Manifest

The conductor records the Name, ID number & Phone number of each passenger whenever they board the vehicle. They also record the body temperature for each trip. This information is saved on the app, and can be referred to for Contact Tracing when required. This is a great update and alternative to the current paper manifests in use which can aid transmission of Covid19 by passing them back and forth at Traffic Police Checks.

The Passenger Manifest Feature.

2. Travel History

The commuter self-records their commute details. They can also easily initiate Mpesa payment from the app. This was originally built to help the commuter to keep a record of their trip details, the collected data can be used to track their potential exposure to Covid19 through public transport.

The Travel History Feature.

These features provide the following benefits to the various stakeholders in the public transport industry during this fight against Covid19 and beyond;

Benefits to Government

  1. Can track potential close contacts of Covid19-positive cases that have used matatus and the vehicles they used.
  2. Improves oversight capabilities over the PSV transport system during this period
  3. Access to actionable passenger feedback

Benefits for Commuters

  1. Get to wait for and take their favorite matatus
  2. Can track all the trips taken and the cost
  3. Can book middle to long-distance travel
  4. Can rate and view ratings of various matatus
  5. Can easily report incidents hence feels safer

Benefits to Matatu Crew

  1. Can take a quick manifest of everyone entering a matatu
  2. Can broadcast location to be followed and booked
  3. Can communicate with users on the app directly in case of an incident
  4. Drives traffic to well-managed matatus

Other General Features of the App


The app facilitates chatting with other passengers, the matatu crew, the owners and the sacco managers. This is a very effective feedback mechanism for PSVs.


Passengers can rate their rides. These ratings are publicly availed and are used to rank PSVs. This empowers passengers to select the highly rated rides.


Commuters can know the live whereabouts of their favorite matatu (PSV) and wait for them. Matatu crew that build a loyal following around their rides spend less time waiting for passengers, especially during off-peak hours.


This is a directory of trips available to all locations in East Africa. At the moment, we keep up to date contact details of point-persons that can facilitate trip booking.


Commuters can keep a record of their trips. This information is handy in terms of keeping a tally of expenses, and also especially when they forget anything inside the matatu.

Matatu Map

Commuters can easily fnd routes and matatu stops all over the city by just searching for their desired destnaton. It also draws the route path and has an option to share the route as text.

The app is absolutely free to download and use and any consultation or training needed by crew or commuters is also available free of charge. Feel free to set up or refer us to a matatu or Sacco in need of this.

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RIP Bob Collymore

For those who know, we have always had a great story about #BobCollymore and #Matatus in our pitches.
Its usually an ice breaker on how he came to Nairobi and fell in love with our #MatatuCulture that he decided to become “Crew”. Unfortunately he had to quit and join #Safaricom after being assigned an “old” ride.
After this we would go on a rampage about how cool our Matatus are then feature him again at the end when he rode in a matatu with the President from State House to the CBD.
He was indeed a great guy who served in more ways that we could all imagine beyond his main business line.
From us at #theMatatuSocialNetwork May his soul Rest in peace.
Below are a few pics of him in various Matatus and buses in Nairobi.

MyRide’s Date with Mobility Movers and Shakers

As the rains came and the traffic situation on the Nairobi roads tightened on Monday morning, MyRide Africa was engaged in the discussions themed “Growing towards Smart Cities” at the 2019 Urban Mobility Summit at Nairobi Serena Hotel.  

The day revolved around panel discussions and speeches from the government, international and non-governmental institutions’ mobility champions. We also saw and interacted with mind-blowing innovations around green energy, sustainable transport and the role of big data in shifting the dynamics of mobility. But that data is being used to address middle-class problems with middle-class solutions showed the sidelining of the poor population. But that MyRide Africa is serving the middle and low class is a pointer to our future prospects as we work with more data.

With the insightful discussions in the room the whole day, there is hope that we will stop dancing around the elephant and take the lead in delivering our city transport wise.

                                     Smart Solutions = Smart Cities.   

The climax of the day was the pitching of startups to stakeholders and investors as the 8 startups graduated from the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator. MyRide Africa was one of the graduates and we’re happy to have learned, networked and are now confidently riding past the limits.

Cheers to new beginnings, literally!

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