- Captain Ochenge was returning home in the evening when he found two men pummeling a helpless guy named Obadia
- He intervened and learnt the man receiving the beating was homeless and was found sleeping in a wrecked matatu (taxi) within the area
- When Ochenge probed further, he discovered the helpless guy was homeless and his house had been locked for two weeks by the landlord
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused people to suffer untold losses that include losing their homes, jobs, sanity and even lives.
While some can still enjoy the warmth and comfort of their houses during this period, many others are struggling with homelessness because rent has now become a luxury.
Captain Ochenge, a bodaboda (motorcycle) rider was returning home when he came across a man being brutally beaten.
He decided to intervene and nearly broke into tears when they heard the man named Obadia's story.
According to the rider, the man was found sleeping in an empty matatu and immediately people assumed he was a thug.
Their first instinct was to descend on him with kicks and blows as they thought of Obadia as a possible danger.
When Ochenge asked the 20-year-old man to speak, he learnt the guy was homeless and had to leave his house because he could not pay his rent.
“Found this guy last evening as I was rushing home. He was being beaten by two men because he was found sleeping in a wrecked matatu. His house had been locked for two weeks,” he said.
“I helped him get some food and provided a place to sleep. I am a nduthi guy and life s very hard right now. Kindly help if you can,” he added.
For two weeks, his house was locked by the landlord and the best accommodation he could think of was a stationary wrecked matatu.
The bodaboda rider said in a Twitter post he chose to accommodate the poor guy and feed him but harsh economic times have made it hard to sustain both their needs.
He pleaded with tweeps to chip in and help the homeless man find a place to live and something to eat in the coming days.
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