“Uhuru wa Umo” has officially been gifted a car worth Sh700,000 by a local car dealer, and a ceremony was held on September 5 to celebrate his new achievement.
The car given to Michael Njogu Gitonga is meant to help him start a taxi business that he’ll use to make a living during the pandemic period.
During the interview, Gitonga said, “People should stop thinking this isn’t real because it is. And many people say I am a drunkard, but when Covid-19 hit the country, it put me out of business, and I had to close down my bar, which was my only source of income. But now, with this new car, I can stop staying at home doing nothing and start my own taxi business.”
The small event was attended by relationship mentor and advisor Anne Wamuratha and comedian and Hot 96 radio presenter professor Hamo. Sharing the good news, Anne posted on her social media platform photos of people who graced the event and thanked the local car dealer for the gift.
According to the pictures shared, ‘Uhunye’ was gifted a Nissan note, 2007 model. However, a few weeks ago, photos of Gitonga surfaced social media, as the owner of a brand new car handed to him by the same local car dealer from a supposedly anonymous benefactor.
Uhuru’s look-alike went ahead to shun these rumours saying they were all but lies spread by people on social media for he had no such gift. The viral photos showed Gitonga at a car dealership, reportedly acquiring a new ride, Lexus LX570 2016, that people suspected was a gift to him.
In a video that surfaced the same day, the resident of Umoja quickly quashed rumours that he was the owner of a new ride.” Hello, Fellow Kenyans, the rumours that people are peddling that I have been gifted a car were lies. I am still in the house relaxing I am practicing social distancing and sanitizing. People should stop lying and say the truth. I am Michael Gitonga,” he stated.
Speaking to Standard Media, a representative from the car dealership confirmed that Gitonga had visited the yard on Wednesday, August 12, intending to purchase a car. However, the manager of the car dealership declined to divulge any information on the matter, explaining that a proper briefing would be prepared on Friday, August 14.
The Lexus LX570 2016 is a four-wheel-drive car that contains rear air conditioning, with separate controls, driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback, and has a 5.7L V-8 Engine. Photos of Njogu were shared widely on social media, with some people speculating they were old pictures of the commander-in-chief, probably before his first term as president in 2013.