It's not all negatives though for matatus as a means of transport: you can read in a matatu,even have mini book clubs with other readers if you are lucky, like this one time I sat next to a girl reading Elif Shafak's 40 rules of love and we had such a good discussion on the book because I read it late last year and she was just about to finish it, catch up on sleep (I never thought I will be one of these people) but sometimes in the evenings I actually sleep in a mat what makes it work? my stage is always 'mwisho wa gari' otherwise I would get lost on most days, listen to really loud music to drown your thoughts because who can think in loud music? and there are days your thoughts are the scariest place to be. The thing that makes matatus winners in public transport is they are really pocket friendly as a means of transport, waaaaaaaay cheaper and safer than boda-bodas and we are for saving our coins right?
|A day at the office-somedays I think they have it really nice: travel, music and meeting new people all day,every day|
The Flirty Kange
Beauty is very relative and what one finds beautiful might be different for different people but for the flirty Kange all girls/women are beautiful.They have learnt that women love being called beautiful and they are a business,therefore to attract more women they call each and every female mrembo.Does this work? all I am saying is I once got on a matatu that took a considerably longer route because the Kange had these really neat dreadlocks and he charmed me by calling me a mrembo after a crazy ass long day 😝😝.
The Kind Kange
Every morning I see a lot of children on matatus, the person who brings them to the bus-stop hands them over to the Makanga,some of these children are really young and would therefore need someone to help them get off the matatu,what do you know, the Kanges take the role of care-taker to many children and they show so much kindness towards these kids.The winner of the kind kange for me has to be this one Kange: There was this one time a disabled lady who is a beggar was helped into the matatu by someone she had paid to carry her(really sad) and I saw everyone look at her with pity but nobody did anything..............when it came to paying, the Kange totally refused to take her money as in TOTALLY even after she shoved it in his hands, he gave it back and looked out the window so that she doesn't talk to him.
The Political Kange
We have been in political campaign mode for an extremely long period of time and if ever you didn't know what small talk to make with a stranger just ask 'hii story ya IEBC unaonaje?"and depending on wether they are NASA or Jubilee you will hear their thoughts and to avoid issues just say good things about the side they are leaning towards-clever right? No? because how can you hide you opinion? sometimes there are more important things than your opinion.In this case the only place where your opinion really matters is the ballot box, outside that peace is more important.
The political kange feels strongly about the side they support and everyone in the mat is their audience.They are varied and each of the political parties have some that support them,the more vocals one though are definitely the supporters of Baba, these people do not hide their allegiance.
The Angry Kange
This is the opposite of the flirty kange and calls all women mama(women hate being called mama,why,I do not know), shouts at you if you say give him 500 bob and the fare is 30 bob.Who they hate the most is policemen,the vile things they say when they see traffic police!! If the police heard, they will spend weeks in jail for sure.One time this angry kange told a lady who had issues with her knees and was slow getting off: 'Ni uzee nini?' that lady attacked him verbally and made our day that day 😆😆.
The Female Kange
Why is this a category on it's own, you ask? because what a man can do a woman can do better right? and if performance in national exams is anything to go by, girls will run this country in a few short years. The job of a makanga is a hard job and the women who are doing it must have a story, like how they have tried so many things,failed and this is their last resort. I could be wrong though,maybe it's a lucrative industry and they wanted in. Women Kanges I have seen so far are no nonsense and do not smile at all.Which I think is a defense mechanism for them.Maybe there are smiley ones out there it's just that I haven't seen them yet.
The honorary kanges
This is anyone who uses 111 matatus.111s do not act like normal matatus that stop at bus stops and allow passengers to get on.No, they speed by and you have to find a way to get on without hurting yourself and each day so many of us get on and thank God that we did not hurt ourselves.The more you do it,the easier it gets.I can now easily shadow as a Kange thanks to the 111s.
Which kind of kange have I left out? we can all be honorary kanges, get on a 111 at Railways just once and your matatu experience will be 85%.