On Sunday, September 5, an MKU student forgot his backpack which had his laptop and R2 500 school fees in a matatu Ian Gitau was scared that the money which his mother had struggled to get was lost but fortunately the items landed in the hands of an honest driver Basilio Kimani, the matatu driver did not hesitate to give back the bag and all the items that were in it including the R2 500 PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly News on your News Feed! On Sunday, September 5, a Mount Kenya University (MKU) student Ian Gitau boarded a matatu at Blue Post Hotel so that he could make it to school. ADVERTISING Basilio Kimani warmed hearts after returning KSh 20,000 which a student forgot in his matatu. Photo: Kiarie Mwaura. Source: UGC He had come from Mwea and was already a week late to school because he had not yet raised enough school fees for that semester. Upon arrival at his destination, the young man who had luggage and a backpack in his hand, alighted from the vehicle to pick the luggage but in the process, forgot his bag which had a laptop and R2 500 meant for school fees. READ ALSO Daniel Craig says he locked himself inside his home to hide from James Bond fame He would later notice that he had left his backpack in the matatu but by this time, it was too late as it had gone and he neither knew the plate number nor the Sacco of the vehicle. PAY ATTENTION: Never miss breaking news – join Briefly News’ Telegram channel! Efforts to trace the matatu What would follow was frantic efforts by the student to get back his bag as his stay on the campus was heavily dependent on whether he would get the money. “He called me and told me something bad happened and at first, I thought it was an accident but he told me he had lost the bag where I had kept the school fees,” Gitau’s mother said adding she screamed in pain because she had toiled tooth and nail to get that money. The following day, they reported the matter to the police station but they were informed they could not be helped without the car’s plate number. READ ALSO FNB fails to recover R2.9 million from client who was a victim of internet scam, High Court dismisses lawsuit They would spend the entire Monday visiting every matatu booking office in Thika, asking about the bag and the money. Honest driver The next day, they went to KST Sacco offices in Thika and they were in luck as they found the bag in their office and the laptop was inside. The matatu driver was later given a call and he confirmed that he had the money and in 20 minutes, he met up with the MKU student and returned the money. “I had the money in my pocket and I knew that when someone shows up to claim the bag, they would also ask for the money which I had kept safe,” Basilio Kimani, the driver said. Interestingly, on the day he had the R2 500, he only made R25 from his job but his ‘lack’ of enough money did not even tempt him to hold on to the cash. “I knew it did not belong to me and I was happy to give it back,” the driver added.
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