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Comedian Njugush celebrates investing Sh8m in new ‘Tugi’ matatu – EXCLUSIVE

One month ago, popular comedian Timothy Kimani, known by his stage name Njugush, took a bold step into the matatu industry by launching his own matatu, named after his firstborn son, Tugi.

On April 13, Njugush unveiled the 36-seater matatu, featuring an opulent interior, as he drove it for the first time.

Speaking to Nairobi News over the phone, Njugush expressed no regrets about his decision to enter the matatu business.

His new vehicle is registered with the Super Metro Sacco and services the Rongai route.

“The greatest inspiration came from a training I attended a few months ago. They were talking about how we could convert liabilities into business and because I had the idea of selling my car, it was the right decision,” Njugush shared.

“Even after high school, we saw people starting as makangas and gradually transitioning to drivers. That made me believe you can succeed from any hustle.”

Njugush explained his choice to venture into the matatu industry, highlighting the management convenience provided by Saccos.

“I needed someone who could manage it for me. It is easier to have your car in a Sacco than to manage it yourself. The Sacco takes care of everything, including finding a driver and maintaining discipline.”

The comedian funded his matatu purchase by selling his Toyota Prado TX, a decision influenced by his close friend Abel Mutua, who jokingly referred to the car as a “wardrobe.”

The well-maintained 2014 model, equipped with a sunroof and leather seats, was subsequently listed for sale.

Regarding the cost of his new investment, Njugush revealed it amounted to over Sh8 million.

“A plain matatu costs around Sh 6.4 million, without the arts, screens, and other interior features. I sold my Prado and added some more money to cover the total expenses.”

A month into the operation, Njugush reports positive progress.

“It is doing well, and I’m happy I took that step. It has been well received and is performing admirably in terms of customer satisfaction. The best feedback will come after a year,” he said.

Although Njugush did not disclose the daily earnings of the matatu, he noted that it is meeting all its expenses and generating profit.

Additionally, he said the matatu is being hired for events outside Nairobi over the weekends, further boosting its performance.

“My wish is to add more in the near future,” Njugush concluded, hinting at potential expansion plans.

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