By Shadrack Nyakoe

The Matatu Owners Association in collaboration with the National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa have today held a fund drive with a target to replace the bus burnt on May 2, 2023 during the Azimio La Umoja demonstration.

The legislator delivered President William Ruto’s contribution of Ksh. 1,000,000 and Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua’s Ksh.500,000, his own contribution of Ksh. 300,000 and the Matatu Owners Association’s summing up to over Ksh. 2 million enough to purchase a second hand bus in good condition restore the victim to his initial state before the accident.

Speaking to journalists at a Nairobi
hotel after the ceremony, the MOA members condemned the inhumane act of the Azimio supporters and urged president William Ruto together with the Opposition leader Raila Odinga to come to a consensus on the bi-partisan talks for a peaceful coexistence.

The owner of the bus Henry Muiruri was saddened by the heartbreaking incident which caused the lose of his source of income.

Muiruri said that he had taken out loans with the bus, leaving him with endless thoughts about how he would manage to pay them off.

“I can say that this bus was my means of survival and I don’t know what to do now. This vehicle was on loan. I am asking the government or whoever comes to help me because I don’t know what to do with my family,” said Mr Muiruri.

Ichung’wa castigated destruction of property by the demonstrators and urged Kenyans to support the president’s agenda to for a better country.

“I urge the Matatu Owners to insure their vehicles with a comprehensive cover to ensure you are not sent out of business after accidents,” said Ichung’wa.


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