A boda boda operator has come out to reveal how Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale paid him peanuts after saving his life in an escape from the police.
Musa Zakayo, who operates in Kakamega town, revealed how Khalwale had approached him seeking an escape vehicle.
It is reported that Khalwale had led a demo over nurses’ grievances at the Kakamega Referral Hospital when the ordeal happened.
The demonstrations are said to have been illegal as they had not been approved by the police which led to the police chasing Khalwale.
According to Zakayo, the Senator picked him randomly at a petrol station where he asked the boda-boda operator, “Uko na mafuta ya kutosha twende?
“Before I answered, I noticed a crowd running towards our direction with two police vehicles in hot pursuit. The Senator hopped onto the bike then my sixth sense told me to flee,” Zakayo as quoted by SDE.
He immediately informed him that the police were after him and that he had to take off.
“The only way to do so was to make our escape through feeder roads and avoiding the major roads in town. I took the Kisumu-Kakamega road and warned the Senator to brace himself as I made a sharp turn towards the Amalemba slums,” said Zakayo.
Zakayo said that the trick worked though the Khalwale was panicky in the beginning but later relaxed and started joking after realizing they had lost the police.
But the joy was short-lived as the slum murram route “was muddy due to on-going construction and a bridge on it was under repair. We could not pass. Volunteer youth noticed the Senator and decided to carry him over the mud. They also carried my bike to a clear road,” recalled Zakayo.
He said that he eventually took Khalwale to Illesi where the legislator thanked him with a Sh1,000 note.
“My only worry was that the Sh300 petrol I had put in my bike’s tank could run out before making good the escape. But I am happy to have successfully delivered the senator safely at Illesi where he got into his vehicle and drove off.”
“It was the bravest ride of my life, but the pay was a little bit disturbing given the risk I took,” complained Zakayo in his interview with SDE.