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City matatu ‘Catalyst’ crowned the best moments after crushing man to death – PHOTOS

A notorious matatu plying Ongata Rongai route won the overall award at the Nganya Awards 2016, moments after it ran over and killed a person.

A video making rounds on social media shows the moment the Ongata Line Sacco minibus christened ‘Catalyst’ crushed and instantly killed one of the people hanging dangerously.

The vehicle later scooped the Kenya1, the overall accolade in the Ngaya Awards in a bizarre development.

Youths from all parts of Nairobi came together on Saturday afternoon to cheer as their favourite public service vehicles from various routes battled it out for the awards.


The event was held on Saturday at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Courtyard.

Various Nganya from different Sacco’s were represented.

The streets of Nairobi were filled with noises and cheers from the youths and matatus.

From the blaring horns to deafening music and muffler sounds, the awards ceremony was a spectacle for those in attendance –and a stark reminder of the mess that defines Kenya’s matatu sector.

The vehicles were driven dangerously and in high speed with many youths hanging dangerously.

Most youths opted not to pay the Sh500 entry fee, preferring to watch the proceedings from a distance.

Police were forced to fire teargas to disperse the crowd after the accident.

The award ceremony had its failures, as there was no order from the moment it kicked off, no traffic marshalls to control the matatus as they sped towards the venue.

Some of the final winners from the awards came down as:

Kenya1- Catalyst

Best makeover- Sumu of Umoinner

Best 14 seater- Mafox

Best 46 seater- Chevy of Kayole

Best 33 Seater- Phantom of Rongai

Best Fabricator- Choda