The Matatu Driver.

03 May

{For a special friend}

if you are seeking self knowledge and self mastery, you must deal with things as they really are not as you might want them to be, you must comfort and embrace your shadows,you must even befriend them and love them, you must see who and what they really are within you, you must fulfill their needs just as you fulfill the needs of others, you must assuage their fears and anxieties,reassure and comfort them, in so doing you will be ministering to yourself for they are you,the total you.
Does this include those of us who work in the matatu industry?

.I have been on this job for the past ten years, i am one of those you just love to hate, i work in the industry that is currently the backbone of raising illegal tax money for illegal organized groups.
I as the matatu driver, has been useful and used but so badly abused but still i am pushing through, because i just know that this tusk has to be carried out,Perhaps you don’t have any idea what its like to be the black sheep of the country like we the matatu crews have been made to look and feel.
Let me explain, we[matatu drivers] take our jobs seriously,we know the risks and the benefits of this job, we wake up before three every morning to bring milk to Nairobi,from there we take officers [cops] who have been on night duties home, from there we bring newspaper vendors to work then kiosk operators and company drivers, from there we come for your kids and their teachers and drop them to school, by the time you get to the office, your secretary is behind her desk, and the tea girl is doing her nine o’clock round, you can also hear sounds of men at work coming from the warehouse. After we are done with you, we go back to your house,we take your housewife/houseboy to their secret lovers.
by ten o’clock, the patients have started filling bus stops needing to be taken to hospitals, then comes Sunday and the entire Christian community depends on us, i don’t know the reason why those who live in the west go to churches in the East and those in the East to the west but all the same most of them are not yet blessed with personal cars so we help them go to meet their maker,the pastors ought to pray for us seeing we are partakers in their missionary work but its them who call a curse on us for missing the Sunday service, we are only lucky that God is not restricted by religion otherwise we could be the most cursed human beings in the face of the earth.
This are the same words i used to explain to a Al Jazeera journalist who did the documentary THE RELUCTANT OUTLAW. A 25 minute video that was aired for 5 days on Al jazeera network. it shows the real life behind a matatu driver.
For now, we are just average Kenyans working hard to see vision 2030 come to reality. we know its not easy to be 100% committed to the truth but we are trying, while holding on to the words of wisdom left by Jesus in the book of MATT. 5.44, love your enemies, bless them that curse you,do good to them that hates you,and pray for them that despite fully use you and persecute you.


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