Following yesterday’s grandstanding Hustler Fund launch where top government officials and leaders bought goods from small-scale traders, a follow-up is now revealing some minute details between the president and a man who is believed to have been selling roasted maize at the Greenpark Bus Terminus.
The whole debate was brought about by a post from Saddique Shaban who wondered whether the mystery man was indeed a maize seller or undercover cop. His tweet read,
The maize seller could well be an undercover cop…
Tweeps quickly noted that the make of his jacket was too expensive to be that of a simple maize seller. Others noted that his upright “Attention” poise gave him away as secret service. Others were quick to pick out the fact that the fellow was tagged.
Hustlers who had convened at the Green Park Bus Terminus in Nairobi yesterday for the launch of Hustlers Fund had a reason to smile after government big shots gifted them hundreds of thousands of shillings.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Kimani Ichung’wah gave a boda boda rider Sh200,000 to buy his own motorcycle after he said that the money he was making in a day was too little to feed his family.
The boda boda rider from Umoja narrated his predicament, saying he’d make close to Sh1,000 in a day, but the motorbike owner would take Sh600, leaving him with only Sh400.
“I hardly make enough to comfortably support my family,” he said.
It was after his narration that Murkomen and Ichung’wah gifted him Sh200,000 to buy his own motorbike.
Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, on the other hand, paid an artist from Busia Sh60,000 for a painting.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua bought a mtumba shirt for Sh50,000.
“Hustlers” from different sectors, including transport, second-hand clothes and food and beverages, attended the Wednesday launch.
Other prominent people who gifted the “hustlers” include Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa, Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati and President of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Richard Ngatia.
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