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Transporting Miraa

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There is a pronounced need for speed in the miraa trade, and to expedite miraa to retailers full use is made of public service vehicles plying routes throughout Kenya, and a whole system of specialised miraa transport has developed: Toyota Hilux pick-ups zoom along the route to Nairobi. The trade has thus both attached itself to pre-existing transport options, and caused further options to be created. Different destinations require different means of transportation, depending on the proximity of the destination to the Nyambenes, and other factors like condition of roads and security, and this chapter offers a survey of these means. Public service vehicles in Kenya come in three main forms: matatus (normally minibuses, many of which were formerly used for taking tourists on safari), Peugeot taxis, and buses. The trade makes use of all three.

Keywords: buses; Kenya; matatus; miraa trade; miraa transport; Nairobi; Nyambenes; Peugeot taxis; public service vehicles; Toyota Hilux

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