Tout fined Sh20,000 for snatching Sh400 from workmate

He says he was 'paying himself' for filling his colleague's bus

In Summary

• Accused tells court he directs passengers to a bus and is paid by that bus conductor. 

• He says the conductor refused to pay him, so he snatched the money.


Felix Wakhungu in Kibera court on Friday last week.
I EARNED IT: Felix Wakhungu in Kibera court on Friday last week.

A matatu tout accused of snatching Sh400 from his colleague has been ordered to pay a Sh20,000 fine or to serve two months in jail

Felix Wakhungu was convicted by Kibera senior resident magistrate Barbara Ojoo after he pleaded guilty.

Wakhungu is accused of snatching Sh400 from Titus Mungai, a Kenya Bus Service tout, on November 8 at Nakumatt Junction in Dagoretti subcounty of Nairobi county. 

He said that he only wanted to pay himself what he had earned for directing passengers to enter the bus.

He, however, used Sheng, confusing the magistrate who sought help from the clerk to understand his language.

“My job as a kamagera is to make sure passengers enter the bus and we are paid by the tout but he refused to give me my money. I snatched and paid myself only Sh100 from the amount,” he told the court. 

The man said that the was a father of two children and had a wife. He asked the court for forgiveness.

The prosecution said he was a first-time offender.

He has 14 days to appeal. 

Edited by R.Wamochie