Kenyans are up in arms after Kenya Railways sent out a notice to passengers not to carry food or alcohol when travelling on Madaraka Express.
Mohammed Hersi the Chairman of Kenya Tourism Federation wrote a stern letter to the sate corporation telling them, “This notice is rubbish and it makes no sense. Go correct it.”
Read the letter below.
To Kenya Railways.
I hope my note finds you in good health.
Firstly it is indeed quite a while that I wrote anything about Madaraka Express but the few trips I have had with you was nothing but joy.
Now I saw this notice and I wonder how you arrived at it, it is a draconian rule that makes no sense at all and you rub already stressed Kenyans the wrong way.
The issue that must have triggered this notice is the image and post that has been circulating of drunk and disorderly passengers in the cabins. The debate is about alcohol and where is alcohol permitted when on board.
The debate is not about food, we have young ones, we have the sick who have a condition like diabetes they must eat something. I cannot stand management that stirs up everything. It is nothing but incompetence.
What you should be addressing is purely about alcohol consumption and disorderly passengers.
Simple rule, limit the alcohol consumption to the bar cabin/coach. No alcohol consumption just like cigarette smoking should be allowed in the passenger cabin.
Kenya Railways Management please stop such moves that only make you look bad. You are now running a modern railway line and Kenyans are paying for it through the nose. Please modernise your thinking process.
Now to my fellow Kenyans,
I will be very honest with you , travelling on SGR is not a blank cheque to drink yourself silly and act mad. What makes you think that once you board a train you can act the way you want shouting obscenities without repercussions?
If you want to do that then hire a bus all by yourself, you can do what you want to do there. You can choose to travel half-naked in your hired bus. SGR is SHARED TRANSPORT. Get that into your head.
Firstly drinking and travelling don’t go together and any responsible traveller knows that very well. In case of an emergency, how do you expect to be assisted when you cannot even keep your drunk head straight let alone your wobbly legs.
You are slumped over the small table and spreading your legs and hands in all directions. If you are not asleep drooling you are busy making noise to the discomfort of other passengers and even worse babies and sick passengers. You must respect the space of others.
What makes you think that since you happen to be in a mob decorum no longer matters. If anything the management of KR has the right to offload you at next station until you sober up.
Please get that very clear, being noisy and disruptive is NOT cool NI USHAMBA. How do you feel when the next day a clip or image of you is circulating on vast social media. Please do NOT forget that the internet never forgets.
Decent and civilised people don’t drink themselves silly
To Kenya Railways be sensible and reasonable in your rules. This notice is rubbish and it makes no sense. Go correct it. Carrying my water bottle or sandwich or a young mother carrying food for her baby should NEVER be an issue.