Jubilee MPs Contribute Sh1 Million For Matatu Torched In Cord Protest

Jubilee MPs have rallied round a sum of Sh1 million to help the hardworking businesswoman whose matatu was torched during the chaotic Cord protest on June 6 in Nairobi.

In a statement on Monday, Gatundu MP Moses Kuria said the MPs chose to compensate the owner, Agnes Macharia. This, they said, will help put her business in its former position before the violence.

Moses Kuria said that they at the assembly gathered about Sh1 million to buy a new matatu since they couldn’t watch her go poor, despite it being her first loan.

He also urged the government to increase the pace at which the investigations on the case is being carried out as the country has not seen anybody grilled over the damages caused.

On Friday, Agnes and Prime City Transporters Sacco filed a case against Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula for allegedly leading a destructive protest.

They are seeking compensation for losses they suffered during the demonstrations, and also demanded that the court ban Cord principals from staging more of such protests.

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Matatu operators last week took to the streets of Nairobi to protest against the torching of Kayole matatu. They also demonstrated against destruction of all other property during the anti-IEBC demonstrations by Cord followers.

They made a first stop at Harambee House where they dropped a petition seeking compensation before transporting the skeleton of the matatu to Cord leader Raila’s office at Capitol Hill.

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The swarm of about 1,000 people who had marched to Raila Odinga’s office dumped the skeleton of two matatu buses torched during Monday’s anti-IEBC protests in front of opposition leader’s office. They were led by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda and other business owners.

The Starehe MP had been advocating for key opposition leaders to be taken to court for destruction and looting of property since last Monday, May 16’s protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Others among the protesters demonstrating against cord leader Raila Odinga include owners of matatus that ply the Huruma, Kariobangi and Kayole routes.