Ruto, Riggy G donate towards replacement of Complaint bus torched during Azimio protests
Stakeholders joined hands to raise millions of shillings in a funds drive aimed at replacing a bus that was torched during the anti-government protests in Nairobi on May 2, 2023.
Kikuyu lawmaker Kimani Ichungwa was the guest of honour at the event held at a Nairobi hotel on May 31, 2023. Several matatu sacco representatives also turned up for the event.
Mr Ichung’wa who contributed Sh300,000 towards aiding the matatu owner gets a new bus, also announced President William Ruto had donated Sh1 million, while his deputy Rigathi Gachagua sent Sh500,000.
Matatu Owners Associaition (MOA) chairman Simon Kimutai donated Sh110,000 with the planning committee setting a target of Sh2.5 million.
Ichung’wa described Henry Mungai, the owner of the torched bus, as a true hustler who rose from washing cars to owning a bus.
“A true personification of a hustler is Henry. He started by washing cars at the matatu stage and religiously sacrificed to a place where he can go to the bank and be listened to not as a car washer but as an entrepreneur who has a vision and they invest in him,” said Mr Ichung’wa.
“And for it to happen that someone can just cut off and kill that dream is like killing him.”
The lawmaker further condemned the protests that led to the loss of the bus, saying after the bus was torched along Ngong Road, the owner reached out to him and promised him that he would anything to support him.
The bus owner said he did not bear grudges against anybody despite the fact that the torched bus was bought by a bank loan.
In his speech, Chairman of the Road Safety Association of Kenya Mr David Njoroge Kiarie appealed to the government to safeguard the businesses and property of Kenyans.
“In our Constitution it is very clear what he (President) swear for was to protect the people’s property, Kenyans property and their lives.