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Monday, 10 December 2018

Heart of Gold :What Matiangi did when he found a stranded motorist in a thicket in Kiambu

On Dr. Fred Okeng'o Matiang'i
Talking of Dr Matiang’i, I have known him for close to two decades.
I first met him through my friend and colleague Mwenda Njoka who is now spokesman for the Interior ministry.
Dr Matiang’i is a tough man. He pulls no punches and can argue his case until cows come home.
But he also has a soft, humane side. I once saw both sides of the man.
We were driving one late Saturday evening from a place called Runda Mumwe where we’d a common interest.
We were on a stretch of a dusty road in the middle of two huge coffee thickets near the picnic site, Paradise Lost, off Kiambu Road.
An old taxi-car had stalled in the middle of the road and Dr Matiang’i had stopped to help the stranded driver.
That must have been too kind of him. Not many motorists, including myself, would stop in the middle of coffee plantations at night to help a stranger when it could turn out to be a trap by criminals.
Dr Matiang’i flagged me down and asked whether I had a cable or a rope to enable us pull the stranded vehicle to the main road.
I didn’t have either. At that point he turned to the stranded driver and said: “Look here my friend, we can afford to lose your car but not your life. So we leave the car here and drop you at the main road from where you can seek assistance.”
The taxi driver was a bit hesitant. At that point I saw Dr Matiang’i getting ready to grab him by the collar and force him into one of our vehicles.
Luckily, the driver saw the point before Dr Matiang’i unleashed his temper on him.
At one time we were in politician John Keen’s study. I remember telling the elder politician that Dr Matiang’i was my boss.
“No, Kamau, I am not your boss. I am your partner,” he protested.
The former lecturer at the University of Nairobi was so impressed by the collection of books in John Keen’s library and remarked: “You know you can tell the kind of a person from the books they read~
As narrated by Kamau Ngotho (Daily Nation)

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