Matatu Crew That Picks & Drops Disabled People to Work

  • KMO Sacco conductor
    A file image of the conductor KMO Sacco.
  • 'Not all heroes wear capes' is an adage that simply explains the nature of this story.

    Mwas and Njau, a driver and his conductor, work for KMO Sacco and are based on the Nairobi(CBD) route to Kinoo.

    They appreciate that public transport is a nightmare for commuters, but is especially worse for people living with disabilities.

    In the matatu business, time is of the essence if they want to meet their daily set target. Therefore, as they ferry people from one place to another, a delay may cost them money.

    KMO Sacco driver
    A file image of the KMO Sacco driver

    Nevertheless, Mwas and Njau spare their time to pick people living with disabilities from their workplace. .

    At ABC Place in Westlands, Mwas and Njau are not rare faces. The duo spares time to go pick people with disabilities from their places of work.

    Usually, matatus and buses charge triple when carrying a passenger who is disabled. This is because they are not able to keep up with the speed and may need assistance boarding.

    Mwas and Njau not only pick them from, but they also drop them home. They do this without charging them an extra coin for their services. 

    Waiyaki way, one of the busiest highways in Nairobi proves challenging individuals trying to cross from one side to another to cross the road.

    This act of kindness elicited reactions on the internet. " That's very selfless, may they never lack", commented a netizen.

    "With such people, there's still hope for this country," mentioned another individual.

    However, the pictures raised questions about the accessibility of roads to people living with disabilities.

    "This points to a big problem in our society! People living with disabilities are an afterthought. Public transport services are not easily accessible to them, not forgetting residential houses," stated a netizen.

    In 2019, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi and Nominated MP David Ole Sankok protested the state of public systems in the country. 

    They highlighted issues with the buildings that were not made to be accessed by people living with disabilities. The Public transport system in the country which is not disability-friendly as well as the poor roads which make it hard to access social amenities.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi at State House Grounds on March 7, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi at State House Grounds on March 7, 2020.