Bolt or Taxify as some of us are already used to calling it is launching in Kakamega, Kisumu and Thika towns. The ride-hailing platform is launching its operations in the three urban centres, setting the stage for a continued push to expand its market footprint within the country.
By launching in the three towns, the number of towns Bolt operates in will now rrise from the current two to five, making it the largest ride-hailing service provider in terms of geographical reach.
Ola Akinnusi, the Bolt Country Manager in Kenya, said 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. “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,” said Mr Akinnusi.
“Launching in these areas will allow us to provide a safe and affordable avenue for passengers to get a ride,” said Mr. Akinnusi. With the local expansions taking place, Bolt has also done so globally, recently launching in London hence widening the scope of the business that now extends to private cars, e-scooters and motorcycles as well as food delivery in some parts of the world.
The company also announced that it 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’