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Meet Nairobi journalist who also works as matatu tout

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After three years in college and finally graduating back in 2014 Joshua Mwabali had hoped to find a job among media practitioners but that was not the case.

He studied mass communication for three years and exhausted all his resources but even after graduating he continued to linger in poverty.

“I struggled to pay my fee with the hope that I would secure a job in the media soon after graduation. But with time I realized nothing positive was coming my way. I became a primary school teacher but the pay couldn’t sustain me, and so I left after five months,” he said

He then moved on to a job at industrial area but even that did not go as he thought it would.

“Life was tough. It literally gave me a smashing. I had no choice but to take any job that came on my way.” He added

After two years of hustle, Joshua met a longtime friend in town who informed him of job vacancies at KBS. He encouraged him to apply for a job as a tout.

“My first day was stressful, handling persons with different personalities was challenging. There is a perception that majority of makangas are semi illiterate, they view them as illiterate persons who are there to steal their money, I once forgot to give back a customer his change. He called me all sorts of names. When the day ended I thought of quitting but the challenges I faced before kept me going.”

Now a free lance journalist at KBC voicing news over the weekend, Joshua works as a tout for KBS busses plying the Pipeline, Buruburu, KNH route.


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