The Nairobi businesswoman whose matatu was torched during the anti-IEBC demonstrations has gotten a brand new matatu.
Agnes Macharia, a matatu owner in Kayole, will get a new ride. The new matatu is a replacement through fund raising by a vernacular radio station and several Jubilee politicians.
Agnes will officially be given the car on Friday, July 1, at her home so she won’t have to worry anymore for the old burnt vehicle that was destroyed during anti-IEBC protest.
Agnes thanked the radio presenter and everyone who raised money for her to get a new matatu. She said:
“I would like to express my gratitude to the people who have stood with me and especially radio presenter Njogu Njoroge who helped do a fundraiser on radio and I hope he will be able to present me with the key personally.”
Agnes and Jubilee nominated MP Johnson Sakaja toured the garage where the vehicle is being coupled together.
Agnes and her matatu Sacco Prime City transporters promised to take legal action against Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka for rallying together rebels in the name of supporters who targeted people’s businesses and investments.
She later sued CORD leaders, accusing them of burning down her vehicle which was operating on the Kayole-Juja road route.
Following the incident, matatu operators, led by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, moved the wrecked matatu to the opposition leader’s office in the city. The protesters carried the shell of the burnt vehicle and dumped it at the gate of Raila Odinga’s office.
It took police intervention to split up the protesters who had threatened to break into the office and get Raila to see the aftermath of his protest.