For the longest time, it has been a preserve of public service vehicles otherwise known as Nganyas. The ‘matatu’ culture, the practice of pimped-out, color-exploding, and state of the art entertainment in matatus has been the backbone of the urban public transport industry in major Kenyan towns, and now it is taking over another popular form of transport; Tuk-tuks.
The signature quality of the three-wheeled taxi better known as tuk-tuk is its simplicity. But in Thika, Kiambu County, three ambitious young men have ridden away from this assumption on the back of a pimped tuk-tuk that prides itself in well-designed graffiti, funky bodywork and an entertainment system.
The souped-up taxi is leaving a trail of jealous rivals in the busy town.
Citizen TV reporter Patrick Igunza compiled the following report.