Rose Muthoni works under Unified Sacco, steering the 52-passenger capacity bus like a pro. On the city roads she draws attention of other motorists, commuters and pedestrians.
The area is male-dominated but currently she is the only woman driving the biggest passenger capacity bus in Nairobi and beyond.
She says fellow women doubt her when they learn she is the driver as opposed to men who feel comfortable. At one point a pregnant woman shifted from driver cabin’s seat and opted to sit at the back not to see Muthoni maneuver the bus through city traffic.
She started off along Huruma route, Dandora and later Eastleigh where she steered a minibus for the first time. The experience gave him confidence she can handle bigger buses, a fete she achieved years later.
At one she worked for Neno Evangelism Centre, Kenya Breweries and Virgin Tours Company.
“At first many felt I was not suitable to steer big buses. It took unrelenting coercing to be assigned these big buses. Nowadays fellow male drivers respect me and so passengers save for curious looks I get from them, especially female passengers” says Muthoni.
The mother of one has been a driver for nine years, not involved in any fatal accident.