Uhuru's childhood chauffer requests land, car promised by Mzee Jomo

Mboi says whenever there was traffic he would turn on the siren and the road would be cleared, an occurrence that fascinated many in those days

Robert Mboi  Photo/Thomas Rajula NMG

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s childhood chauffer has asked for a car and a piece of land as appreciation for services offered to the Kenyatta family during his time working for State House.

Robert Mugo Mboi who drove President Kenyatta, his brother Muhoho and sister Nyokabi to and from school between 1974 and 1978, says he is facing financial difficulties and that the reward will improve his life and that of his grandchildren.

Mboi said he has grandchildren who have graduated but have not secured employment, noting that he would be happy to see them employed.

The former General Service Unit (GSU) constable has met President Uhuru Kenyatta several times, though he says that the meetings have not been very beneficial to him.

Mboi stated that the last time he met the president was in 2017 during the presidential election campaigns where his aides took his contacts but have allegedly never reached out.

"We met a Kianyaga. He asked me 'Have you met mum?', I said, 'I can't get there lest I be beaten. He told me, 'Give me your number,' and the number was taken by his people and that got lost there," Mboi narrated in an interview with Nation.

Mboi states that the appreciation he is seeking was a promise from the first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, but has never been fulfilled even after Kenyatta’s death in 1978.

Mzee Mboi said he drove the Kenyatta children from Gatundu to St Mary’s School daily, recalling that Mzee required all members of his household to return home at the end of every day with exceptions only made if the person had travelled a long distance.

He further revealed that whenever there was traffic congestion, he would turn the siren on and motorists would give way, an occurrence which fascinated many in those days.

The 78-year-old left the presidential escort team after the late second President Daniel Arap Moi took the reigns of power, saying he came with his new team.

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