By NYAMBEGA GISESA AND SILAS NYANCHWANI
Owners of the matatu Sacco that was involved in an accident involving a train have denied they have links with devil worshippers.
Umoinner Sacco public relations officer Kevin Jevick refuted the claims, terming them hate messages from competitors.
“We are a God-fearing group. Personally, I’m saved and I go to Deliverance church and our chairman is a staunch Catholic,” said Jevick.
“Those saying that we belong to Illuminati or any other sect are our competitors and are jealous of our success. We have come from humble beginnings and our growth into a full Sacco has not gone down well with our competitors.”
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Following the accident that claimed the lives of 12 people and injured several others, some Nairobians on Facebook and Twitter claimed the Sacco has links to the secret organisation, Illuminati.
In the past, fatal accidents in Kenya have been linked to activities of devil worshippers. On November 30 during rush hour, a speeding train rammed into a bus, knocking a car that had slowed down for the train to pass.
The accident happened at Muthurwa level crossing that is always busy in the morning.
After the October 30 accident, there were widespread allegations on social media, pointing to the graffiti and the artwork inside the vehicle and the kind of music that is played by most buses registered under the Sacco.
The thousands, who thronged the place to witness the accident, also echoed similar sentiments, questioning the allegedly fast growth of Umoinner’s fleet of matatus that has elbowed out other companies and Saccos in the city.
In April, the owners of Umoinner told The Nairobian how they started the business. The group of ex-touts said the early success of their matatu business had inspired them to start Psalms Self-Help Group, to expand their business.
Benjamin Kamau, a founding member, said the name of the self-help group was meant to “show love and respect” to God. Umoinner employs 300 workers, who contribute at least Sh200 daily to the Sacco as savings.
Jevick, further insisted that they employ professionals who have experience on the Nairobian routes.