#Tbt Did You Know: First moti in Kenya came with four debes of its own ‘ngata’

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Lifestyle

The De Di-on-Bouton

Celebrated author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been pegging his public lectures on the fate of one, Maurice Gachamba, of Nyeri County, and how his ambitions of flying a plane he nicknamed Kenya One were thwarted by the powers that be in 1969.

Gachamba, who is bending his 80s, has been working on a jalopy since then. Nicknamed Uhuruto 4 the KML 122 with a canvas top, Formica interior and drum cut out exterior has its engine borrowed from a Datsun 1200. Uhuruto 4 is in its final stages of near hitting Nyeri roads, and it happens Gachamba’s creation will be the third time Kenya has tried having a homespun car since Nyayo Pioneer 1 made a mockery of motor engineering in 1990 — four years after retired president Moi dared the University of Nairobi to manufacture a car, “however ugly or slow.” The two Nyayo Pioneer cars — a saloon and a pick-up — are
Read more at: http://www.sde.co.ke/thenairobian/article/2000166113/first-moti-in-kenya-came-with-four-debes-of-its-own-ngata


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