A 2NK Sacco matatu driver who blew the whistle on high school students who were smoking bhang and imbibing alcohol in a PSV vehicle has been offered a job by Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga.
While breaking the news on his Facebook page, Kahiga said that the driver, John Maina Muthoni ought to have been celebrated for his courage instead of being sacked by the Sacco.
Governor Kahiga said his government was offering him a job as a demonstration of encouragement for speaking out on ills that are bedevilling not only the young people but also the society at large.
“I wish to celebrate John Maina formerly of 2NK, a heroic driver who courageously reported students upon realizing that they were smoking bhang and drinking alcohol. Drug abuse is a crime that breaks the hearts of many parents and ruins the lives of many young men and women and we condemn it at the highest level,” Kahiga said.
On November 20 this year , 2NK Sacco came under sharp criticism from Kenyans after Muthoni narrated how he had been fired soon after he drove a group of 14 rowdy high school students to Sagana Police Station for drinking alcohol and smoking bhang.
Nonetheless, the students (seven boys and seven girls) who were heading home for their mid-term break managed to jump out of the vehicle before it arrived at the police station.
The Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), George Kinoti had also requested Muthoni to present himself at the DCI headquarters by Monday (November 29).
Kinoti noted that Muthoni should have been commended for his bravery instead of being victimised.
However, the Sacco’s chairman James Kahiro has insisted that the driver is still on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) portal as a 2NK driver.
He said that Muthoni had not filled the driver’s release which marks the end of a contract between the Sacco and a driver wishing to withdraw their services from 2NK.
“The form is still clean and has not been tampered with by anybody. It has not been filled nor has he filled the form,” said Kahiro during a media briefing on Monday last week.
Following the announcement by Kahiga, Kenyans took to Facebook to laud the governor for the kind gesture and for rewarding the driver for upholding sound values.
At the same time, some members of the public have called on authorities to check on transport Saccos’ operations to protect drivers from unfair suspension in future.
“What comes out is that Kenyans are keen on good leadership. A little compassion is equally welcome. Yes, 2NK is a great Sacco but they need to work on how they treat human capital,” wrote Peter Macharia.
“Congratulations Maina Muthoni for upholding morality in the society when most of us simply look the other way. Governor Kahiga thank you so much for recognizing this selfless action,” wrote Mary Mwangi.
“This may rank as your best contribution towards a virtuous Kenya, a country that seems to be running on vice. But something should be done to censure 2NK Sacco for their callous act against the driver,” said Githinji Gachogu.