Best Public Transport Players Get Recognition in New Awards

  • Top players across different sectors in the transport industry will get a chance to prove their outstanding service in the newly launched Afrika Mashariki Transport Awards (AMTA). 

    The awards, created in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, bring together different stakeholders across various sectors who will get rewarded for their years of efficiency and service delivery. 

    The list of nominees was revealed during the AMTA media launch held at the Kenya Railways Headquarters on Tuesday, May 31. The list includes top-notch players across 17 categories who would battle it out to emerge the best during the award ceremony on Friday, July 15. 

    AMTA founder Edgar Meshack Obota (left) and co-founder and commercial director, Warren Lamu address the audience during the media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31.

    AMTA founder Edgar Meshack Obota (left) and co-founder and commercial director, Warren Lamu address the audience during the media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31.

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    Prior to the awards gala, there shall be a three-day transport expo to be held between Wednesday, July 13 and Friday, July 15.

    The expo will involve exhibitions from the players in the transport industry as well as an interactive session with key stakeholders such as the Office of the President, Ministry of Transport, National Police Service Commission, The Judiciary, Oil Marketers, Airline representatives, Logistics/ Haulier companies, Telcos, vehicle manufacturers, matatu and Boda Boda Association and members of the public among others. 

    While making his remarks at the event, AMTA founder Edgar Meshack Obota revealed that he was passionate about the transport sector and hence delved to turn a vision he received from God in 2019 into fruition. It ultimately took him two and a half years in order to be turned into a reality. 

    The award aims at celebrating staff or an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary qualities that led to the improvement of safety, compliance, and efficiency in the transport industry.

    This includes the incorporation of technology in a bid to improve communication, innovation, and service delivery. 

    For instance, nominees selected for the Matatu Sacco of the Year drew in nine nominees including Super Metro Sacco Ltd, City Star Shuttle Ltd, Ganaki Multipurpose Co-op Ltd, Kaka Travellers Sacco, Karuri Commuter Sacco, Nakam Sacco Ltd, Kangemi Matatu Owners Ltd, Xperia Sacco Ltd and Kenya Bus Service Ltd. 

    Engineer Michael Muchiri from the State Department of Transport and Infrastructure addresses the audience during the AMTA media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

    Engineer Michael Muchiri from the State Department of Transport and Infrastructure addresses the audience during the AMTA media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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    The domestic Airline of the year category consists of ten nominees such as Safari Express Cargo, Skyward Express, Kenya Airways, Reliance Air Charters, Corporate Helicopters, Safarlink Aviation, and Renegade Air, Jambojet, Fly540 and 748 Air Services. 

    The award will not only appreciate different SACCOs, local airlines, courier service providers, Telcos, engineering projects as well as individuals but also individuals. 

    Below is the full list of nominees: 

    1. Best Technological Innovation in Transport

    This award is for the best use of applied technology to solve a problem or improve service 

    • Smart Gate – KPA
    • TIMS- NTSA
    • Virtual weighbridge- KENHA
    • Lori Systems
    • Bodaboda integrated management systems (IMS)
    • KRA Border Clearance
    • Sendy
    • NTSA Self Service Mobile App

    2.  Taxi Provider Of The Year

    This is a category celebrating the most efficient taxi providers that have also proved to be safe and affordable.

    • Pewin – PTG
    • Kenatco
    • Uber
    • Little Cab
    • Universal Cabs
    • Bolt
    • Delight Cabs
    • Wasili Cabs
    • Nopia

    3. Courier Service Provider Of The Year

    Voters and stakeholders will be interested with the following.

    • G4S
    • Wells Fargo
    • Posta
    • Roy Parcels Services
    • 2NK Parcel Delivery
    • Shujaa Delivery 
    • Courier Plus 
    • Amarex
    • DHL

    4. Haulier/ Logistics Company Of The Year

    The Haulier/ Logistics company of the Year is the ultimate mark of excellence in road freight transport.

    • Mupeki Hauliers Limited
    • Multiple Hauliers 
    • Buzeki Enterprises
    • Metro Logistics
    • Bollore
    • Roy Transmotors Ltd
    • Siginon Group
    • Rongai Workshop & Transport
    • Dakawou Transporters

    5. Domestic Airline Of The Year

    This award acknowledges the best of the best in Kenya airline industry. As well as an inflight product. 

    •  748 Air Services
    •  Fly540
    •  Jambojet
    •  Renegade Air
    • Safarilink Aviation
    • Reliance Air Charters
    • Corprate Helicopters
    • Safari Express Cargo
    • Skyward Express
    •  Kenya Airways- KQ

    6. Long Distance Bus Service Of The Year

    This Award is open to all East African bus operators to nominate specific bus services they operate. A submission in this category should demonstrate how changes to bus services and facilities have brought about improvements. 

    An increase in passenger numbers; cleanliness and comfort; improved customer satisfaction ratings; or improved reliability.

    • Modern Coast Coaches LTD
    • Easy Coach LTD
    • Mash East Africa
    • Dreamline Express LTD
    • BusCar East Africa Sacco
    • Guardian Coach LTD
    • ENA Investment Limited LTD (Transline)
    • Nyamira Luxury Express Company LTD
    • Nairobi Bus Services 

    AMTA founder Edgar Meshack Obota (centre) alongside various stakeholders during the media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31.

    AMTA founder Edgar Meshack Obota (holding the mic) alongside various stakeholders during the media launch held at Kenya Railways headquarters on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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    7. Matatu Awards

    a. Matatu Sacco Of The Year

    This Award seeks to celebrate the best of the SACCOs 

    • Super Metro Sacco LTD
    • City Star Shuttle LTD
    • Ganaki Multipurpose Co-op LTD
    • Kaka Travellers Sacco
    • Karuri Commuter Sacco
    • Nakam Sacco LTD
    • Kangemi Matatu Owners LTD
    • Xperia Sacco LTD
    • Kenya Bus Service LTD

    b. Long Distance Shuttle of The Year

    This category is open to metropolitan transport bodies which cover multiple local authority areas, passenger transport executives and transport SACCOs across Kenya.

    • Mololine
    • 2NK Sacco
    • North Rift Shuttles Sacco
    • 4NTE Sacco
    • Naekana Route 134 Sacco
    • Bungoma Line Safaris LTD
    • Nanyuki Express Cabs Sacco LTD
    • Meru Nissan Sacco 
    • Premium Travellers Sacco

    c. Matatu of The Year

    In this category the nominees must have excelled and display the following criteria: executive customer service, displayed practices on safety on the road and accessible to all passengers especially the old, pregnant women and differently-abled individuals.

    d. Male and Female Driver of the Year.

    Male Driver

    • Nicholas Wanjiru – Super Metro
    • Paul Otieno Okoth- Kangemi Matatu Owner Sacco
    • Erick Orina Okindo – KBS
    • Mwangala Brian Wanje – Xperia
    • Charles Mukundi Kinyua- Metro Trans
    • Ogechi Ken Omariba- Matatu Crew Association Sacco
    • Julius Gacheru Mwarage- Nakam Sacco
    • George Morriss Omondi- Embassava
    • Daniel Njenga Chege- Kileton

    Female Driver

    • Asumo Voctoria Atieno- Xperia
    • Victoria Mumbua Kaloki- Embakasi
    • Esther Wairimu Thuo Embakasi
    • Esther Wawira Njagi- KBS
    • Virginia Njeri Njuguna- Kangemi Matatu Owners Association

    Male Conductor of the Year

    • Peter Kitaranya – Super Metro 
    • Kennedy Nduta – Nakam Sacco
    • Mwambao Matano Jilani – Xperia
    •  Kevin Ochieng Jakoyo – Royal Swift 
    • Kennedy Okaka – Nakawaku 
    • Gerald Kitili – Embassava
    • Geoffrey Ng’ang’a- South B Matatu Owners Sacco
    • Mutunga kameya- Kangemi Matatu Owners Sacco

    Female Conductor of the Year

    • Susan Wanjiru Githinji – Matatu Crew Association Sacco
    • Joyce Ndangwa- Rembo
    • Lydiah Njeri Rugu – Kileton
    • Megan Wanjera Murithii – Metrotrans
    • Elizabeth Njoki Kinuthia – Embassava
    • Anjela Kamanthe Nzuve- KBS
    • Elizabeth Magoma – Nakam Sacco
    • Ann wanjiku karongo- Kangemi Matatu Owners Association

    9.  Radio Drive Show Of The Year

    This Award is open to radio stations that provide much-needed precautionary information on the happenings on our roads including but not limited to road incidents, accidents, road maintenance, closures and other activities affecting road users.  

    • Maina and King’ang’i- Classic 105
    • Morning Kiss- Kiss 100
    • Jambo Kenya- Radio Citizen
    • Gidi & Ghost- Radio Jambo
    • Morning Fix- Nation FM
    • Maisha Morning – Radio Maisha
    • Takeover – Soundcity Radio 
    • NRG Breakfast Club- NRG Radio
    • Boyz Club – Homeboyz Radio 

    The voters will be looking at the station that best delivers this information and be satisfied that this information helps them make the best decision that will get them to their destination safely and on time while using the road.

    10. Motor Club Of The Year

    This Award is to all motor clubs that have succeeded in impacting the society positively in areas like but not limited to charity events, responsible driving tips and generally a positive online community. 

    • Forester Nation 
    • Volkswagen Owners Club  
    • Nissan Owners Club Kenya 
    • Mazda Owners Club Kenya 
    • Mitsubishi Owners Club 
    • BMW owners and Fans Club
    • Honda Owners Club 
    • Mercedes-Benz Club  
    • Land Cruiser Owners (Kenya) Official

    11. Transport Social Media Page of The Year

    This Award will acknowledge is to acknowledge the contribution of social media page that promote efficient traffic reporting and updates.

    • Ma3 Route 
    • Nyanza Traffic
    • Motorists Association of Kenya
    • Road safety and safe driving practices @road_driving
    • Koha @Kenyan traffic
    • NTSA Kenya
    • Safety officer
    • Road Alerts and Accidents report 
    • Sikika road safety

    12. Auto dealer of the year

    This category considers the following;

    Customer satisfaction, Personnel competence, training, attitude and record of service

    Social-economic impact, ethics and safety and comfort of their vehicles. 

    • General Motors East Africa
    • DT Dobie
    • CMC
    • Transafrica Motors Ltd
    • Simba Colt Motors
    • Inchcape Kenya
    • Car and General 
    • Toyota Kenya
    • Subaru Kenya

    13. Auto Bazaar of the Year

    This category considers used cars aged six months to seven years. It takes into account the quality of cars, how well they have retained their residual value, affordability and level of customer service/ after-sales service, and use of remarketing. 

    The award is decided by the public audience through voting.

    • Car Max East Africa
    • Imports by Kairo
    • Kenya Auto Bazaar
    • Motor Hub
    • Ace Prestige
    • Be Forward Kenya
    • Sbt Kenya
    • Gigi motors
    • Maridady Motors

    14. Female/Male Outstanding Boda Boda Rider Of The Year

    This Award is open to the Boda Boda sector to celebrate the rider with the most inspiring and outstanding story for the year. 


    • Lawrence Kinyua – Kangemi Bodaboda Operators  Sacco
    • Joseph Nyambane -Embakasi East Pikipiki Sacco
    • Erick Wambua – Njiru Far East Riders Sacco
    • Benson Muia -Kilimani Bodaboda Sacco
    • Victor Shikuku – Kibra  Owners and Operators Bodaboda Sacco
    • Charles Inanga –  Kilimani BodaBoda Sacco 
    • Joseph Simiyu – Mathare Riders Bodaboda Sacco
    • Geoffrey Omboga – Kilimani Boda Transport Co-operative Society
    • Francis Mutinda –  Njiru Far East Riders Sacco


    • Mercy Njeri-  Kangemi Bodaboda Operators
    • Trizzah Gitau – Kirigiti Boda Transport Co-operative Society
    • Beatrice Njeri  – Ndungu Ruaka Bodaboda Riders 
    • Judy Wanjiru Wangari – Newlife Travellers Sacco
    • Jackline Oundo – KRO Bodaboda Sacco
    • Constance Nziya – Kitengela Bodaboda Operators
    • Faith Asibwa – Ng’ando Riders Boda Transport Co-operative Society
    • Mercy Muso –  Makadara Boda Transport Co-operaive Society
    • Rahab Mwitheri – Embakasi North Boda Transport Co-operative Society

    15. Female/Male Traffic Police Of The Year

    This award is for a frontline member of staff who will have demonstrated exemplary commitment in their service to the road users, their leadership and the public at large. 

    This is an individual officer who has gone beyond the call of duty in their role and delivered service beyond the expectations of both his superiors and the road users. We’ll be awarding both male and female entrants. 

    (To be submitted by National Police Service)

    16. Transport Infrastructure Of The Year

    With the country’s vision 2030 and the current achievements of the Big 4 Agenda, the awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate notable infrastructural work that has introduced or catalyzed improvement of the transport structure in the country.

    • Ngong’ – Suswa Road
    • Rehabilitation and Revitalization of the Kenya Railways MGR Transit and Commuter Rail
    • Standard Gauge Railway
    • Nairobi Express Way
    • Relocation of Kipevu Oil Terminal
    • Nairobi Ring Roads (Nothern, Southern, Eastern and Western Bypasses)
    • WB-EARTTDFP: Lot 1,2,3,4 ( Upgrading of Lokichar – Nadapal Road)
    • Kakamega – Webuye Road
    • Expansion of Kenol – Marua Road

    17. Awards Nominated By The Judges

    This category seeks to acknowledge unique contributions made by individuals over the years in the transport industry.

    These individuals will be selected by the judges, the awards are;

    Transport Sector Lifetime Achievement 

    The individual or entity in this category must have been in charge or spearheaded a significant initiative in the country that has demonstrated commendable improvement in the transport sector. 

    Outstanding personnel in:

    Road transport

    Maritime Transport

    Aviation Transport

    Rail Transport

    This award will recognize the exemplary service that personnel in the government Agencies or affiliated individuals in the transport sector have demonstrated.

    The individual in this category must display the below glaring qualities:

    • Ability to take instructions correctly and strictly 
    • Fair in dealing with colleagues and the general public
    • Demonstrated proactiveness
    • Maintain high standards of discipline
    • Quick to action
    • Dedication 
    • Minimum supervision
    • Must be great in accessing and controlling traffic enabling fast movement on the roads
    • Take quick action to ensure the safety of the road users
    • Demonstrated efficiency in the processing of cases and grievances all the way to completion either to the courts or relevant departments with the NPS
    • The officer must be able to handle the pressure that comes with managing traffic on the roads


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