The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) was forced to issue a statement to its passengers after viral photos from an SGR passenger train caused uproar online exposing apparent laxity in the state organ.
KRC through their Twitter handle on Wednesday, October 2, reiterated that any foodstuff and beverages from outside would not be allowed into their commuter trains – an existing rule that often was ignored by passengers.
They warned that any passengers found carrying the banned items would have them confiscated without a chance to repossess them.
KRC stated that the move to issue the notice was because informed by the need to tighten security.
They also confirmed that they would be providing food at the station and on the train if the passengers needed it during the journey.
The decision is however likely to have been prompted by the photos of a group of youth travellers on the SGR went viral exposing the laxity by the corporation to enforce its own rules.
In the pictures that went viral on September 26, rowdy passengers were seen heavily drinking on the train with the cabin they were in looking grossly untidy with unsightly litter-strewn across the tables.
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In another picture, a passenger is seen passed out with mucus and saliva trickling out of his orifices.
One passenger who was on board the train from Mombasa to Nairobi posted the pictures with a long post on Facebook complaining of the incident they went through.
According to the post, the two passengers were shouting at other commuters while insulting and making fun of them in their mother tongue.
They also vomited in the cabin making other passengers uncomfortable which led to the commuter wondering how alcohol had been allowed into the train.