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Owner of bus torched during protests receives millions from Ruto, Gachagua

The bus was torched by goons along Ngong Road in Nairobi on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, when protests called for by Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya resumed

The bus that was torched by goons along Ngong Road in Nairobi on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, when anti-government protests called for by Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya resumed

After suffering a setback when his bus was torched during anti-government protests led by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, businessman Henry Mungai can now heave a sigh of relief after President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua donated Sh1.5 million to help him replace the bus.

The money was presented to the businessman by National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wa who was the chief gust at the fundraiser organized by the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) in Nairobi on Friday.

The Head of State donated Sh1 million while his deputy raised Sh500,000 with their total donation standing at Sh1.5 million.

Leaders allied to the Kenya Kwanza outfit also contributed to the fundraiser with Ichung'wa giving Sh300,000 and MOA chairman Simon Kimutai donating a sum of Sh110,000.

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The businessman was hailed as a true representation of the hustler spirit, having worked his way from a car wash attendant to an entrepreneur.

“A true personification of a hustler is Henry…Mtu ameanza kuosha magari 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.

“For it to happen that someone can just cut off and kill that dream is like killing him," Ichung’wa stated.

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The bus went up in flames along Ngong road on Tuesday, May 2 when opposition protests resumed after the bipartisan talks stalled.

The businessman noted that he has since forgiven those who torched his bus.

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