Kenya: Honest Taxi Conductor Returns Passenger’s U.S.$300

A matatu conductor has become the talk of the town after he returned a passenger’s wallet with all of the Sh30,000 intact.

Daniel Mwaura said his act of honesty, a rarity in the city christened Nairobbery for its many ills, was inspired by the belief that he should do good and that even if he took the money, it would not solve his problems.

Mr Mwaura’s story went viral online and the Daily Nation went looking for him.

The father of one, who is expecting his second child, had just dropped off commuters on Friday morning when he spotted a wallet with a wad of cash.

DEVASTATED

“My first reaction was that the owner must be devastated, and so I informed my employer and deposited the wallet with only Sh300 at the office, telling them to notify me if anyone came to claim it,” Mwaura told the Nation.

A day after he surrendered the wallet, he was called by an office staffer when the owner of the wallet showed up.

The owner of the wallet was Stanley Kaberi.

“I told Stanley to cross over to our fire station stage. When we met, I asked him what else was in his wallet,” Mr Mwaura said. “When he gave me the exact amount as Sh30,000, I surrendered the money that I had been carrying around with me.”

SICK CHILD

Stanley explained to Mr Mwaura that the money was meant for his sick child’s hospital bill and thanked him.

“He asked me what he could give me in return, but I told him to first deal with his sick child and we shall meet later,” Mr Mwaura said.

Raised by a single mother who was selling uji at the city’s Country Bus Station to bring up her two boys, Mr Mwaura’s life has shaped him towards honesty.

“I believe that one should do to others what he expects them to do to him, and even if I had pocketed that money, Sh30,000 could not have ended all my problems. Even if it had been more than Sh30,000, I would still have surrendered it because I believe in earning clean money,” he said.

Ganaki Sacco management lauded Mr Mwaura’s honesty.

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