'Manamba' risks lives of passengers over Sh20 bob
By Silas Nyamweya
| November 14th 2018
Commuters were treated to a free entertainment at kwa maji stage, Kangundo road when a conductor caused a spectacle over 20 shillings dues.
The tout who operates on this stage on a regular basis had helped the conductor of a Nissan PSV by filling the vehicle only for the said conductor to refuse paying him is Sh20 bob dues.
The vehicle’s conductor argued that he had not requested his services and that there is no need to give him anything. He told the driver to speed off and disregard the request of the manamba. “He cannot force me to pay him when I did not ask for his services” claimed the conductor.
However, he began pelting the vehicle with stones, particularly targeting the window panes. The pelting was so intense prompting complaints by the commuters and the driver was forced to stop the vehicle. “Why cant he just give him his 20 bob and spare us this agony” a passenger inquired.
Upon seeing the vehicle had stopped, the manamba rushed to the vehicle hulling unprintable insults to the conductor over his dues. The conductor stood his ground that he was not going to give him any cent and that he is free to do anything. “Let him do what he wants but I can not waste my money on him” he stated
However, he continued banging the door and windows of the vehicle and requesting the conductor to alight so that he can teach him a lesson.
The commuters began complaining and requested the conductor to sort the matter as the commotion was interfering with their peace and journey. When they saw that he was not willing to pay, and that the pelting was risking their lives, one of them gave the contentious manamba 50 bob and asked him to abandon the matter. “Let me just sacrifice for this madness to end” a commuter said while giving the said “mad” manamba his 20 bob dues
However, he was not satisfied yet and promised to deal with the “tough headed conductor” once back.
One of the commuters was overhead saying that these are the signs of people who thrive on bangi and other illegal substances. “This person cannot possibly be on his right mind” observed the commuter.
Another passenger claimed that it was unreasonable to cling with 20 shillings only while putting their lives in danger. “The driver and conductor are insensitive as they are putting our lives in danger”
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