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October 21, 2018

Kenyans push for jobless man to paint school buses yellow

Painter Daniel Mung'ori displays his job search sign in Kilimani, Nairobi, January 13, 2018. /Courtesy
Painter Daniel Mung'ori displays his job search sign in Kilimani, Nairobi, January 13, 2018. /Courtesy

Kenyans on social media want a jobless man hired to paint school buses yellow following acting Education CS Fred Mataing'i's directive.

A sign shared on social media identifies the man as Daniel and states his phone number as 0720 261431.

Daniel Mung'ori has been spotted displaying his sign near the roundabout at Ole Odume and Oloitoktok roads in Kilimani, Nairobi.

A person identified only as Mugo said: "I always see this man at the roundabout. May he get what he wishes for."

Ahmed Mohammed noted the government promised to create jobs.

"Let this man get that job. Let's help by retweeting. He's a painter and a decorator," he tweeted.

Several members of the public have been seen on Nairobi's streets with signs bearing their wishes - at least two women with children have asked for husbands.

Mung'ori said he didn't know members of the public were pushing for him to get a job but said he would take it. 

"I had no idea my photo was being shared on social media but I am okay with it. If the government gave me the job I would gladly accept it," he said.

"I have been a painter for over 20 years and I have the necessary qualifications so this would be a breakthrough for me, my people in Meru and the nation."

Matiang'i, who is also Interior minister, wants all school buses repainted by March 30.

He has also asked traffic police to ensure the buses only operate between 6am and 6pm.

Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2016 requires institution names written in black and that the vehicles have all prescribed signage. The law further proposes that the buses be fitted with safety belts designed for use by children.

These were part of changes aimed at improving the safety of pupils and teachers who use the vehicles.

More on this: Matiang'i orders schools to paint buses yellow by March 30


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