Bolt, the leading ride-hailing platform has announced that it start operations in Kisumu, Kakamega and Thika. This the stage for a continued push to expand its market footprint within the country.
Bolt’s launch in Kisumu, Kakamega and Thika will see the number of Kenyan towns and cities served by the platform rise from the current two, to five, making it the largest ride-hailing service provider in terms of geographical reach.
Bolt provides 85% net income in Kenya to its drivers, charging a commission of 15% which is lower than the fees charged by other platforms currently available in the market.
The company has also laid out a rapid expansion plan in East Africa with a five-year strategy focused on local transportation options such as ‘boda bodas’ and ‘tuk tuks’.
Ola Akinnusi, the Bolt Country Manager in Kenya, intimated that, Bolt’s mission is to make urban transportation more convenient and affordable for more people, thus broadening the company’s reach, providing a platform for job creation through its social contribution. He also added that, “After Nairobi and Mombasa cities, it was natural that Bolt would gradually expand across the country. We now intend to build new communities in Kisumu, Kakamega and Thika as we continue to gain the trust of the Kenyan people. Launching in these areas will allow us to provide a safe and affordable avenue for passengers to get a ride.”