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Politician explains why only old matatus transport passengers to posh city estates

By Winnie Mabel November 9th, 2022 2 min read

2013 presidential aspirant Mwalimu Abduba Dida is known for having quirky quips, intelligent claps backs and hilarious responses to various social media conversations.

He is known for attacking while smiling, complimenting while giving a backhand slap and taking the bull by the horns in saying things other people are afraid of saying.

It, therefore, came as no surprise when he commented on an ongoing Twitter conversation on why very old public service vehicles, popularly known as matatus, operate within posh city estates.

“How come Nairobi matatus to posh places are like really old?” posed Laika on Twitter to which Mwalimu Dida responded by saying, “Because they transport underpaid workers who have to be at work early and leave late to go back to their estates.

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A matatu tout alights from a matatu in Kisumu. The set Michuki rule that transformed the industry has been ignored with the operators returning to their old bad habits 02-12-2014. Photo/TOM OTIENO

Technically, you have no option. You can’t use Uber, or bikes or have the luxury to wait for a nganya (pimped out, usually ‘newer’ matatu).”

Mwalimu Dida’s response was among many others who responded to Laika as seen in the answers sampled by Nairobi News below:

“Why buy a new matatu and put it in Kileleshwa where if lucky you go home with Sh 2,000? I’d rather put the same in Kawangware (an urban, organized slum area) or in Langata where I can harvest,” said Joe Nyayo.

“Numbers? The ‘posh’ drive themselves. Mats are for the servants,” added Vorvosti.

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“They don’t have a lot of business- most people in posh places drive or use Uber. Secondly, their passengers- the people who work for posh people- are really poor and it doesn’t make good business sense to place a new matatu on that route,” said Dr Peter Gathirimu.

“What would be the return on investment on matatu investment in poshy estates?” asked K. Griff.

The posh estates mentioned in the comments included Karen, Lavington, Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Muthaiga and Runda.

“It’s nature balancing things out. You can’t be sleeping on a Dr. Mattress worth Sh 75,000 and then go home in a matatu. You must be windblown and a matatu does not have a door!,” laughed Kiprotich.

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